TMJ Disorder



 Misaligned jaw joints, missing teeth

Jaw dysfunction, broken teeth, difficulty chewing and swallowing

Full Mouth Rehabilitation

Jayne admits she came to Dr. Mingus in “pretty bad shape.” Her bite was so bad, two different surgeons told her the only way she could chew or bite would be to have two jaw surgeries. Dr. Mingus helped Jayne restore a beautiful, healthy smile without surgery. The process began by building a new bite for Jayne. This process was assisted by an orthotic that helped establish a healthy bite for her. Once her bite was established, Dr. Mingus could rehabilitate Jayne’s bite and smile and eliminate the root causes of Jayne’s problems.


TMJ disorder

Clicking, popping jaw joint, severe jaw pain

Epigenetic orthodontics

Jesse had been told by several doctors that surgery was the only option to correct the persistent issues and chronic pain in his jaw joints. He visited Dr. Mingus for temporomandibular joint disorder treatment and was impressed with the practice’s use of technology to diagnose his condition and measure the progress toward success. Jesse underwent orthodontic treatment designed to reposition his jaw to relieve the stress in the TMJ, and Jesse is now pain-free.


TMJ disorder

Headaches during the day

Orthotic, Facial Growth, Orthodontics

Sudden severe headaches caused problems in Katie‘s busy life. They were so bad, she had to spend the day in bed. During a routine cleaning appointment, Katie mentioned her headaches to Dr. Mingus, who suggested some tests to determine the cause of the headaches. Her underdeveloped jaw had become misaligned, and the resulting TMJ disorder was causing her headaches. Dr. Mingus relieved the pain with an oral appliance and Katie started treatment to grow her jaw and permanently reposition it with orthodontics. Now Katie‘s TMJD headaches are gone and she has a healthy jaw structure for great health moving forward.

Clenching and grinding teeth are major symptoms of TMJ. Both put undue pressure on the teeth and gum.

With leading edge measuring technology, Dr. Mingus can determine the precise placement and alignment of your jaws for ideal function. In this position, jaws will function naturally and pain-free. If the jaw is fully grown, this process includes detailed measurement and the incremental moving of the jaw into proper alignment using an orthotic appliance and eventually orthodontics to move the teeth to support the jaw’s proper alignment. When a jaw is underdeveloped, Facial Growth treatment can stimulate the jaw to grow to its full size and Dr. Mingus can guide that growth to reposition the jaw. Once the ideal placement has been determined that the jaw is grown to full potential, orthodontic treatment moves the teeth into position to support the properly aligned jaws. Doing this puts the jaw into a naturally functioning, pain-free state, eliminating the TMJ Disorder. The entire treatment is non-invasive and non-surgical.

TMJ Disorder (temporomandibular joint)

TMJ (temporomandibular joint) Disorder is a wide-spread and misunderstood disease. Symptoms of TMJD manifest in many different ways, most commonly in chronic pain such as jaw pain, popping or clicking in the jaw, migraine headache and neck or facial pain. The TMJ joint is at the center of a complex system of nerves and muscles and when it becomes aligned, pain is not always localized in the jaw joint. Because it is misunderstood and the symptoms vary, many people never seek out the correct treatment to cure their TMJD. TMJD is a misalignment of the TMJ joint and Dr. Mingus uses the latest in non-invasive dental treatments to realign the jaw and alleviate the pain and symptoms.

Common TMJD Symptoms

TMJ popping and clicking
TMJ pain
Pain in the muscles of the face, head and neck
Ear congestion
Ringing of the ears
Clenching and grinding
Sensitive or loose teeth
Neck and shoulder pain
Postural problems
Tingling fingertips

TMJ Causes

While TMJD can be caused by trauma, it is also frequently the result of an underdeveloped jaw. Commonly, our modern diet, lifestyle and environment contribute to the jaw bone not growing to its full size. One of the many consequences of an underdeveloped jaw is undue and uneven stress being placed on the structure and joints of the mouth and jaw. Thus, over time, those stresses inflame and irritate the jaw joint, resulting in long-term TMJ Disorder.

If you experience the symptoms of TMJ Disorder, please talk to us about
Facial Growth treatment and Epigenetic Dentistry.

To schedule a consultation, please call us at 541-382-6565.