Temporomandibular Joint Treatment

Dr. Masaki also specializes in TMJ treatment and correction of dental bites. Many people are not aware that an improper dental bite can cause these symptoms:

  • Headaches
  • Jaw-ache
  • Jaw muscle-ache
  • Neck-ache
  • Shoulder-ache
  • Ear-ache
  • Eye-ache
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Clicking Joints
  • Blurry Vision
  • Ringing in the ears

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Grinding, clenching of teeth
  • Tingling down arm
  • Lower back pain
  • Pain in leg calf muscle
  • Difficulty opening or closing mouth
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Difficulty speaking

In 1985, Dr. Masaki developed an improved method of sculpturing and reshaping the chewing surfaces of the teeth to alleviate the symptoms of TMJ. This painless procedure gives the patient a dental bite tune-up so that the teeth and the jaw joints work together in harmony like a well-tuned engine. His rate of success in treating TMJ symptoms is extremely high after doing bite adjustments for over 20 years.

Dr. Masaki usually does not use dental splints to treat TMJ as he feels that this is a mechanical problem and the dental splint does not address the true cause, which lies on the chewing surfaces of the teeth.

Bite adjustments take about an hour per visit. Treatment usually takes 5-6 visits, sometimes more, over approximately 2 months. Once the bite adjustments have been completed, most patients are very comfortable, if not completely pain free.