TMJ & TMD Treatment in
Denver, Colorado

Our temporomandibular joints or TMJ are found at the base of the joints and muscles in the jawline. These specific joints make it possible for us to open and close the mouth. Found on each side of your head, these joints work together simultaneously to help you chew, speak and swallow.

What is TMJ?

Millions of Americans suffer from headaches, neck or facial pain. In some cases, this is due to TMJ/TMD. TMJ is the temporomandibular joint, while TMD is the actual disorder or Temporomandibular disorder. This is a very painful disorder that attacks the TM joint, which is found right in front of both ears and includes the jaw joint and the jaw muscles. The TMJ helps you talk and chew, and when not working properly, pain and other issues occur. This disorder can develop from an injury to the head, face or neck. However, the exact reason cannot always be identified. It affects all ages but is most pronounced during the teenage years, causing sharp pain that is relentlessly accompanied by chronic discomfort. It also may cause you to grind or clench your teeth. Many people live with this condition without discovering what it is or knowing there is a treatment available.

We are highly trained with TMJ/TMD and Neuromuscular dentistry. We use TENS appliances to relax the jaw muscles in order to determine the correct jaw position for allowing the jaw muscles to function properly. We evaluate every patient for TMJ dysfunction at their regular exam.

If there is a problem detected, our main goal will be to arrest it and protect your teeth from further damage, while correcting the underlying bite malocclusion. Your therapy may involve suggesting ways to alleviate your stress, for example, avoiding chewing gum or hard to chew foods, or taking smaller bites and alternating between chewing on each side of your mouth. A common application for contending with TMD may involve fitting you with a night guard, which will alleviate stress and stop the grinding and clenching of teeth. Good nutrition and posture will aid in the healing process, as well as sleeping on your side. We will take every opportunity to relieve you of your discomfort and eliminate the TMD pain you are experiencing.

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Peggy E.

Everyone at this office is great. The hygienist, Kayla, really takes her time and listens. The doc and assistants are the same. You don't expect a great experience at the dentist, but I felt really comfortable here.

Nick N.

Always great and professional. Connie really goes out of her way to check in on patients before and after their visits. All the hygienists are great! Dr. Arens just took over the practice but seems like a very professional and thorough dentist.

Wayne E.

I've been going to Retro since before it was Retro, and I've always had very good experiences! Connie is so great and personable, and all the hygienists are super friendly. I always feel well taken-care-of by the doctors and the entire staff.
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