The acronym “TMJ” is often used to refer to problems that affect the jaw. However, the TMJ is simply the joint that connects the lower jaw to the rest of your skull; problems with it are properly referred to as TMJ dysfunction, or TMD. This painful condition is often the result of stress, a misaligned bite, anatomical defects, or trauma. It can lead to a host of symptoms, including difficulty chewing, headaches, and persistent jaw and neck pain. What can you do to find relief? Your first step should be to schedule a consultation with Dr. Gasper. He has an in-depth knowledge of how the TMJ works and how to choose the right type of TMJ therapy for each unique patient.
Headaches and migraines may be the result of TMD. When the jaw is not functioning properly, it can place enormous stress on your entire craniofacial region. TMJ therapy may be the key to reducing the severity and frequency of your head pain.
TMJ problems may cause pain throughout your jaw and neck. While you can use painkillers to mask such symptoms, lasting relief can only be found by addressing the cause of the problem — TMD.
If you had teeth extracted as part of orthodontic treatment, that may now be affecting your facial aesthetics, jaw function, and even your airway. Dr. Gasper has the knowledge necessary to correct such issues.
Frequent snoring and fatigue are more than just annoyances. They can be signs of obstructive sleep apnea, a dangerous disorder that interferes with breathing at night. Dr. Gasper is proud to offer effective snoring treatments.
Functional orthodontics is about much more than straightening out crooked teeth. It takes into account how orthodontic treatment can affect the function and aesthetics of the face, mouth, and surrounding structures.
When it comes to serving his patients, Dr. Kenneth Gasper goes far above and beyond the basics of dental services. Throughout his career, which has already spanned the course of well over 30 years, he has completed more than 1000 hours of advanced training in modern functional orthodontics for children, orthodontics, and nonsurgical treatment of TMD. He is even a former president of the International Association for Orthodontics. Furthermore, his in-depth training in occlusion (the mechanics of bite) from the Pankey Institute equips him to perform careful, expert analyses of how patients’ teeth and jaws are functioning.
“Have been a patient of Dr. Gasper for well over 15 years and during this period of time, I suffered from severe jaw and TMJ pain which none of my physicians could figure out the cause. In passing one day, I mentioned it to Dr. Gasper, and he immediately knew the cause and had a solution. Granted, the solution involved almost 3 years of wearing an oral appliance to move my jaw forward then braces to realign my teeth and jaw, of which I wasn't too keen. I admit I had my doubts that my dentist could fix this problem that I'd been suffering from for nearly 15 years! Needless to say, after two more years of his persuasions, I finally gave in to his treatment recommendation and plan. I'm finally jaw-pain-free! AND my consistent headaches have gone away as well! The cost for 3 years of orthodontic therapy was also very reasonable, the value in being pain free - priceless! Dr. Gasper has been our family dentist for as long as I can remember and he will be until he retires - which hopefully isn't for some time.” – Christy Fisher
“Have been visiting this office for about 2 years for severe tmj dysfunction...this place is nothing short of amazing. The environment is tidy and welcoming. The secretaries, Jacqueline and Michelle, are very pleasant and helpful and a joy to interact with...I'm always offered free baked goods as a benefit! I feel I'm in good care with Dr. Gasper as well whose reputation proceeds him. I can't see myself going to any other clinic. I'm a die hard fan of this place and encourage anyone serious about their dental health to come here. This is after experiencing multiple clinics as well. Thanks guys, you’re the best!” – Travis
“Dr. Gasper and his staff always take a professional approach to dentistry so "just-pulling-it" is not their style. They know that there's a lot more to teeth than meets the eye. "Dr. G" my term of endearment, doesn't just do dentistry, he keeps up with the latest technology and medical science.” – Chad Summers
“Dr. Gasper's practice is top-notch and on the cutting-edge of the latest technology and methods. He's caring and personal and goes above and beyond to take great care of his patients. Highly recommend him to you!” – Rick Anderson
“I started treatment at Aesthetic Dentistry by Design with Dr. Gasper in 2003, after interviewing two other local orthodontists. After my first experience with the practice, I transferred my entire family to his practice for dentistry. Dr. Gasper's approach is tailored to each individual, using the latest technologies available. Since he actively teaches his passion for dentistry and orthodontia, he remains up-to-date and actively implements best practices.” – Natalie Wirth
Dr. Gasper’s expertise is a vital aspect of how our practice addresses TMD and related problems — but so is the technology in our office. We have several tools that helps us identify and treat TMJ and airway issues.
Our cone beam scanner produces highly detailed, three-dimensional images of a patient’s jaw, teeth, nerves, and connective tissues. It thus helps Dr. Gasper and our team to spot and analyze any issues beneath the surface that may be hindering your TMJ function or contributing to your symptoms in other ways.
An intraoral camera is a handheld, wand-like device that helps us to clearly see portions of your mouth that may not be readily visible during an exam with the naked eye. And since the camera instantly displays its images on a nearby monitor, you too will be able to see what it reveals.
Platelet rich fibrin is a substance derived from a patient’s own blood after the blood is placed in a centrifuge. Injections of it have shown promise as a way to relieve pain in the jaw, particularly in individuals who suffer from arthritis.
CBD oil is a plant-derived substance that is useful as a pain reliever. When it is applied topically or its vapors are inhaled, it interacts with the cell-signaling system in the human body. It thus has the potential to ease muscle tension and reduce painful inflammation in your TMJ.