Neuromuscular Dentistry & TMJ in Palm Beach Gardens
Treating the cause rather than just the symptoms for sustainable health.
Your Neuromuscular Dentist - Dr. Rudnick
Combining his advanced training and years of experience to become the authority in TMJ in Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter, West Palm Beach, and the surrounding areas.
What is a Neuromuscular Dentist?
This area of dentistry revolves around placing the jaw in the optimal position to relieve TMJ disorder symptoms. This type of dentist works with hard and soft tissue, muscles, and nerves to realign your jaw. This includes the articulate disk, which allows for optimal jaw function, i.e. chewing, speaking, etc.
It takes extra years of specialty training to become a neuromuscular dentist.
Why Dr. Rudnick?
Our caring and gentle neuromuscular dentist has received advanced training in this field. For years, Dr. Rudnick has helped countless patients in Palm Beach County by treating their root causes of TMJ. He continues to strive to improve his skills through continuing education, helping patients get relief from painful symptoms.
As part of his dedication to helping you overcome this disorder, Dr. Rudnick has supplied a free ebook and helpful resources. His special training and experience make him the ideal choice for your TMD needs.
Are Your Jaw Pain and Headaches the Sign of Something More Serious?
You may be suffering with TMJ disorder and not even know it.
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What is TMJ Disorder?
Your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects your lower jaw to your cranium (skull), allowing you to chew and talk.
TMJ disorder (TMD) is caused when this joint becomes inflamed or misaligned, resulting in severe pain, which can lead to complicated health conditions. The disharmony of the bite (malocclusion) can also occur due to the articular disc becoming dislocated, thus restricting the jaw from proper movement.
What Causes TMJ Disorder?
TMJ disorders result when the jaw is misaligned. This can be caused by:
What are the Symptoms of TMD?
An estimated 10 million Americans are affected by a TMJ disorder.
Do You Have TMD?
You may be suffering from TMD symptoms but not even know it. Many assume headaches are temporary and are something you can just sleep off. However, there are times when they indicate something more serious, needing the attention of a trained professional. Symptoms may recur and affect your day-to-day routine. With the correct diagnosis and treatment, Dr. Rudnick can relieve your symptoms and help you get your life back.
If you suffer from a combination of the following, we advise you to contact your neuromuscular dentist, Dr. Rudnick:
- Vertigo or dizziness
- Headaches, shoulder or neck pain
- Worn teeth
- Ringing in the ears
- Jaw pain
- Click or popping of the jaw
More Serious Symptoms
If TMD is left untreated, it can result in more serious problems, including:
- Chronic jaw pain
- Continued headaches
- Tooth loss
- Digestive issues
- Heart problems
How is TMD Diagnosed?
With a correct and accurate diagnosis, we are able to relieve your TMD symptoms.
TMD is not always easy to diagnose, so it may take a combination of medical and oral exams to determine if your symptoms are due to a TMJ disorder.
Many times medical doctors believe TMJ pain is simply a migraine. However, when medical treatment fails, it becomes apparent to a neuromuscular dentist the real cause is TMD.
When this occurs, Dr. Rudnick may use a range of common examinations to help diagnose the issue, including one or more of the following:
After we have concluded TMD is the cause of your pain, we can recommend the right course of treatment for you. We see people from all over the U.S. for TMJ treatment.
Tekscan is a sensor used to computer-generate the exact amount of force a patient places on each tooth when they bite down. This innovative technology allows Dr. Rudnick to accurately consider functional data, which is needed to understand why your teeth are hurting, cracked, or worn down.
Currently, only 2% of dental practices use Tekscan, which is why many patients do not receive an accurate diagnosis for jaw problems. Due to our commitment to excellence, we feel the Tekscan sensor is imperative to analyze your bite and jaw pain.
Rudnick Dentistry is one of only 2% of dental practices using TekScan to diagnose TMJ/TMD.
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‘‘I couldn't eat and I could barely talk. I immediately went to my dentist who had never seen anything like my case and he had no idea what to do. He mentioned it could be a TMJ issue. I started researching TMJ specialist in the area and came across Dr. Rudnick. From the beginning, he made me feel very comfortable. He, as well, had never seen anything quite like my case before but that didn't stop him from trying. He hooked me up to a pulse machine where I laid for about 3 hours. Eventually, I was able to open my mouth up again. ’’
Aleah A. (Actual Patient)
Life-changing TMJ Treatment
The goal is to permanently free you from the aches and pains associated with this disorder.
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Dr. Andrew Rudnick strives to treat the cause of TMJ/TMD rather than just manage the symptoms. Using his advanced neuromuscular training, your dentist is able to relieve muscle pain and readjust your bite. Here is how our expert typically treats this condition:
Relieve Muscle Pain and Spasms – Using a computerized muscle relaxing unit (TENS), Dr. Rudnick determines your correct bite, resting position, and path to closure.
Stabilize the Bite – Dr. Rudnick uses state-of-the-art technology to determine if your symptoms are caused by a misaligned bite (malocclusion) and to find the optimal position for your jaw. Using the noninvasive Myotrontics K7 sensors, he is able to track movement and get a 3D image of your jaw position.
Manage the Bite Long-term – Finally, a plan is put in place to continue monitoring and adjusting your treatment so your bite stays in a comfortable position.
TMJ treatment is not “one size fits all,” so Dr. Rudnick is proud to offer a range of effective solutions in addition to the TENS unit:
We are your experts for TMJ in Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter, North Palm Beach, and the surrounding areas.