Cosmetic dentist serving Tustin, Orange, Santa Ana and other areas of Orange County

Published: October 17, 2011

Felicia’s case is good for sharing with everyone. I was referred to by my friend Norm Huefner, a dentist in Laguna Niguel. Felicia’s case was complicated as she suffered from a painful number TMJ jaw symptoms. As seen in the previous picture of Felicia smiling, her teeth are decaying due to her catastrophic bite. She did not like the way her teeth looked, but most importantly it was a lot of pain and discomfort. Felicia said: “I woke up every morning with tight sore jaws and every meal, chewing was very painful. “I was just tired of having pain in my face all the time.” It was obvious that Felicia’s pain was affecting her quality of life. So we started a journey using neuromuscular dentistry techniques to eliminate her pain at TMJ. Using a TENS unit, electromyography (emg) and jaw detection, we were able to locate an ideal bite site for Felicia’s jaw. He wore an orthotic in this position for several months. As each week went by, Felicia’s TMJ pain subsided. After eliminating her pain with phase 1 orthodontics or a “test bite”, Felicia opted for a phase 2 option for complete mouth reconstruction using all ceramic wreaths and veneers. As you can see from the photos, her case was a great success. She was excited about the aesthetic result, but most importantly it is painless and its quality of life is improving!