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Jean E. Barthman, DDS
801 Brewster Ave<br/> Ste 255
Redwood City, CA 94063
Ph: (650) 367-4967

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Meet Dr. Barthman

Dr. BarthmanBeauty, Health and Comfort. These words best describe the office of Dr. Barthman. Because of her years of experience and education, she possesses the latest knowledge and techniques in restorative and cosmetic dentistry to help you achieve optimal results.

Dr. Barthman is a Member of

  • American Dental Association
  • Las Vegas Institute for
  • Advanced Dental Studies

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Above all else, Dr. Barthman wants for you to have a beautiful, new smile. Prevention is the key to staying healthy and so we recommend the following tips to get you on your way:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day.
  • Chew sugarless gum instead of sugary varieties.
  • Floss daily and if possible, after every meal.
  • Prevent plaque and cavities by reducing your daily intake of sweet snacks.
  • Schedule a cleaning and oral examination with Dr. Barthman once a year.

 

Treating TMJ Disorder with Neuromuscular Dentistry

February 01, 2016 @ 12:00 PM -- by Dr. Jean Barthman

Illustration of the muscular structure through the face and jawboneMost people think of dental care as the basic services that are intended to keep the teeth clean and healthy. While the teeth and gums are essential components of oral health, Dr. Jean Barthman approaches professional dental care from a more comprehensive standpoint, offering services that help patients care for the entire mouth, including the teeth, gums, soft tissues, and jaw. Because of this approach, Dr. Barthman is able to help patients suffering from oral conditions such as temporomandibular (TMJ) disorder, which can affect the comfort and function of the temporomandibular joint in the jawbone. TMJ disorder treatment works to properly align the jawbone so that the temporomandibular joint can function more easily and comfortably. Dr. Barthman offers neuromuscular dentistry for TMJ disorder at her Redwood City, CA practice, a unique approach to treatment that allows her to address the problem at its source, ensuring that treatment is effective and long lasting.

Symptoms of TMJ Disorder

TMJ disorder can affect each patient differently and may result in a wide range of symptoms. Because many patients are not familiar with these symptoms, they may not even be aware that they are suffering from TMJ disorder. Patients who are experiencing any of the following symptoms should schedule a dental appointment to determine whether TMJ disorder is present:

  • Stiff jaw movement or frequent experiences of “lockjaw”
  • A popping noise when the jaw opens or closes
  • Pain or discomfort when biting or chewing
  • Frequent headaches or migraines
  • Pain in the face, neck, or shoulders
  • Eye irritation or blurry vision
  • Ringing of the ears, or tinnitus

Treating TMJ Disorder

If TMJ disorder is present, there are many treatment approaches that can prove useful in easing the function and comfort of the jawbone, and relieving the painful symptoms of this condition. The primary goal of TMJ disorder treatment is to properly align the jaw so that it and the nerves are in proper position when at rest.

One common TMJ disorder treatment is the use of orthotic splints, which are small plastic appliances that can be worn over the teeth. These appliances prevent the upper and lower teeth from clenching and grinding against one another, and can be useful in aligning the jaw properly while they are worn. While these splints can be effective, Dr. Barthman takes treatment a step further by combining this treatment method with the use of neuromuscular dentistry.

Neuromuscular dentistry addresses the muscle tension that is the root cause of TMJ disorder. Dr. Barthman has special training that gives her a unique understanding of the complex nerve and muscle structures that make up the face and jawbone. Using this knowledge, she offers TENSing treatment, or Transcutaneous Electrical Neural Stimulation. This neuromuscular dentistry approach to TMJ treatment involves the use of ultra-low-level electrical pulses to stimulate the muscles in the face, neck, and back so that they lightly contract and relax. This stimulation can relieve muscle tension so that the jawbone aligns properly and sits in proper position when resting, therefore easing the symptoms of TMJ disorder.

Schedule an Appointment

If you suffer from jaw pain, limited jaw movement, and frequent headaches, you may be experiencing the symptoms of TMJ disorder. To have this condition diagnosed, and to learn more about your treatment options, schedule an appointment with Dr. Jean E. Barthman at your earliest convenience.