Neuromuscular Dentistry

Tmj – Symptoms and Treatment Information – Orange County – Irvine, Orange, Anaheim, Tustin

Headaches? Tell Your DentistWhen the muscles of the head and neck are not in a rested and relaxed position, it can be caused by a misaligned bite (malocclusion of teeth), an over closed lower jaw (too close to the upper jaw), excessive or natural wear of the teeth due to clenching or grinding, missing teeth, and more. This can trigger different levels of pain, soreness, stiffness and discomfort in those areas. Lack of muscle synchronization that is stressed during jaw movement can send a message to the nervous system that teeth, gums, and muscles are out of balance.

The art and science that treats pain and corrects this unbalance is called Neuromuscular Dentistry. The masticatory muscles, teeth, and the TMJ (Temporo Mandibular Joint) must function in an optimal relaxed position. A neuromuscular dentist like Dr. Dao Kim Pham-Nguyen can determine a proper resting jaw position that positively affects the muscles of the face, neck, head, teeth, and joints.

TMD SYMPTOMS: (Temporo Mandibular Dysfunction)

  • TMJ Facial Pain
  • Migraine headaches, shoulder and neck ache
  • Chipping, worn down or broken teeth
  • Nocturnal bruxism or teeth grinding
  • Clicking sound or sharp pain in the joints
  • Pain and tenderness around the jaw
  • Difficult movement, tenderness & locking jaw
  • Ear congestion & ringing or pressure behind the eyes
  • Numbness in your arms and fingers


TMJ DiagramPeople that suffer the TMD (Temporo Mandibular Dysfunction) syndrome are not alone. This chronic dysfunction affects 40 million people in many different ways and occasions. It is a chronic degenerative disease that can take years to develop. Patients must be comforted that many of these pain suffers have been successfully treated. Chronic pain can be managed. The success rate for this basic noninvasive approach is 75% to 90%. We can help many patients that were previously unable to find relief.


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TMD, or TMJ disorder treatment, is challenging for doctors and patients. The initial therapy is noninvasive, reversible and provides valuable information to diagnose and relieve discomfort and pain. Occlusal splints called Orthosis (e.g. night guards) are fabricated to position the jaw in the most optimal situation allowing muscle relaxation in the head and neck. This zone of comfortable bite is determined by the use of a low frequency Transcutaneous Electrical Neural Stimulation (TENS), which is also a valuable technology used to relieve pain. In addition, sophisticated computerized instrumentation like Electromyography (EMG) can measure muscle activity and dysfunction. Dr. Dao Kim Pham-Nguyen also employs use of Computerized Jaw Tracking Instrumentation and Sonography (SONO), a technology used to record jaw joint sounds. This advance in TMJ treatment allows Dr. Dao Kim Pham-Nguyen to document, diagnose, and treat complex pain conditions, as well as find proper jaw posture to restore the bite to normal, comfortable function in areas that exhibit TMJ problems.


This therapeutic modality of Neuromuscular Dentistry can enhance your life and help eliminate pain in your head, neck and shoulders. The use of splint therapy Orthosis is defined as "The art and science of establishing neuromuscular harmony in the masticatory system". An appropriate Orthosis will protect and increase the longevity of your teeth and restorations, placing the jaw into an optimal physiologic rest position, relaxing the muscles, reducing spasm and stress and allowing the dentist to diagnose and treat the dysfunction.  We encourage you to discuss with us how the neuromuscular approach and treatment can improve and enhance your quality of life.


"As the years went by, I had spent close to $20.000 for appliances made by my dentists, to find relief of my TMJ pains. Lately I started my Internet search of a TMJ specialist. Thank God I found Dr. Dao Kim Pham-Nguyen, so easily.
Since my initial consultation, Dr. Dao Kim Pham-Nguyen recommended a treatment plan which excited me, because I had not heard of anything like it before. Basically Dr. Dao Kim Pham-Nguyen had elevated my bite in the most relaxed neuromuscular position, to place over my lower teeth, a fixed resin called Orthosis. Within15 minutes I felt relief of my TMJ soreness. That night I could hear better, the next morning I had no pain in my TMJ, face, neck and upper back. I felt 20 years younger. My zest of live is returning. After I told Dr. Dao Kim Pham-Nguyen about my experience, she said " You made my day" and I replied to him "You made my life".
"Dr. Dao Kim Pham-Nguyen and her staff are wonderful professionals. It is obvious they care in providing the best for their patients.
I will always rely on him for my dental needs".
Mary-Ruff King


Dear Dr. Dao Kim Pham-Nguyen: I am writing you to thank you curing my headaches. I am so happy to report that I have not had a headache since I started wearing the dental appliance (Orthotic) that you created. My husband and I can not thank you enough! Our quality of life is so much better, migraine free!


Our TMJ patients come to us from Anaheim Hills, Irvine, Tustin, Orange and Anaheim.


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747 East Chapman Ave.
Orange, California 92866

(714) 532-4664