You may have heard of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, or more commonly referred to as TMJ before, but are you aware of the symptoms and treatment involved with it? TMD refers to symptoms that begin in the upper and lower jaw, often involving pain and discomfort in the head, neck and/ or shoulders. It is a major oral concern that can cause extreme discomfort, but with proper treatment by a TMJ expert, the pain can be relieved and the issue resolved.
TMJ Ortho’s Dr. Zusko has dedicated his career to helping those who suffer from chronic pain caused by or more commonly referred to as TMJ. Information is power and we make it our goal to help inform our patients about what TMJ is and how this could be the cause of your chronic pain. As a fully licensed and certified dental practitioner servicing Walkerville, Windsor, Tecumseh and surrounding areas, we also offer information and solutions for braces and jaw orthopedics and sleep apnea.
Dr. Zusko and our team here at TMJ Ortho are here to help and look forward to meeting with you to discuss your concerns.
Meet Dr. Zusko
Dr. Edward Zusko is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario Dental School in 1975, and has also completed mini residency programs in orthodontics, advanced TMJ studies and functional prosthetic occlusion. He has also completed programs in the International Association for Orthodontics and the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (sleep apnea and snoring appliances).
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Treatment varies from patient to patient, depending on the severity of the TMD diagnosis; however, generally treatment can take approximately six months to complete. Once you meet with Dr. Zusko to discuss treatment options, he can give you a better idea of how long your treatment will take.
Most treatment requires a combination of different appliances including an easy to wear splint, teeth reshaping, crowns or orthodontics, as well as supportive care from chiropractors, massage therapists and physiotherapists. Only 10 per cent of temporomandibular disorders will require surgery and are considered a last resort approach.
If you have outside insurance coverage, our financial coordinator will send an estimate to your insurance company prior to starting your treatment to determine whether a portion of your treatment will be covered or not. It is important to note that most companies usually cover a small portion of the treatment cost.