Phone 509-837-7818

922 E. Edison Ave • Sunnyside



What is TMJ?

Temporo Mendibular Joint – It is the Joint of the Jaw

In front of the ear canal that is the most utilized joint in the body

Swallowing – Chewing – Talking – Breathing


What is TMJ Disorder? (TMJD)

TMJD is a malfunction of normal  the TemporoMandibular Joint Structure, its Movement or both.

What Causes TMD or TMJ?

There is not one specific reason why 10 million Americans suffer from TMJ disorders. Trauma to face or head, whiplash, bad bite (tooth-to-tooth contact or malocclusion), teeth clenching and grinding, ligament laxity, opening jaw too wide, and stress are all common associated risk factors that can contribute to TMD (TMJD).

What are the Symptoms of TMD?


TMJD  is often misdiagnosed by health care professionals. Technical & Standard diagnostic methods used to detect TMJD, are ignored in those cases. Then a JUMP to a misdiagnosis is common if sufficient scientific data is not collected to make the RIGHT diagnosis.  THEN,  treatment is directed to relieve symptoms rather than eliminate the cause of TMJD.

How is TMD or TMJ Diagnosed?

Health History & Consultation

Dr. Stevens reviews your form and fully discusses every question with you during your consultation appointment to fully understand your case in a comprehensive manner.

A detailed, 6-page heath history is filled out online which creates your chart in our computer system.

How is TMJ Treated – and by Whom?

1) Find the Cause

Most often

The CAUSE of IMBALANCE is Derangement:

Muscles, ligaments, tendons, tooth contact,

Head and jaw bones and/or nerves

2) SEEK a TMJ Expert

One who is skilled at locating the Imbalance with the necessary diagnostic equipment

3) Use NON INVASIVE first

Let the body tell you where Don’t make it worse…”Do No Harm”

Medication can mask the symptoms. Meds and surgery can be used later if required.

Both can complicate accurate assessment and diagnosis.

4) Source of the Imbalance and History

Source of the Imbalance and History of Imbalance

  • Recent dental appointment Tooth IMBALANCE
  • Surgery with general anesthetic: Medical or dental = muscle ligament tendon trauma
  • Orthodontic history = tooth, muscle, joint, jaw
  • Automobile accident = Many possibilities of imbalance
5) Coordination of Care

The TMJD Expert can work with:

  • Chiropractor
  • Nutritionist
  • Massage Therapist
  • General Dentist
  • General MD & Specialists
  • Physical Therapist
  • Podiatrist
  • Other Health Care Providers 

To discover the patient’s

“Hidden Path” to optimal health.

6) Many treatment modalities exist

A combination of therapies is often need to obtain optimum BALANCE

  • Intraoral appliance or Orthotic
  • Tooth or Bite BALANCING
  • TENS – Muscle-Nerve Stimulation
  • MyoFunctional Therapy
  • Nutrition
  • Foot wear
  • Chiropractic Care
  • Physical therapy & Training

Reference treatment methods.

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Office Hours

Mon-Fri: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat & Sun: Closed

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Phone: 509-837-7818
Fax: 509-837-7415


922 E. Edison Ave
Sunnyside, WA 98944
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