Disclusion Time Reduction (DTR)

Temporomandibular joint disorder (or TMD) is one of many issues that could lead to a host of chronic discomfort, including severe headaches and migraines. As experts in helping patients overcome complex dental health issues, we have extensive experience in diagnosing and treating TMD. Also known as TMJ disorder, the term defines a group of disorders that affects the jaw’s ability to function properly. Each one can lead to symptoms such as worn and damaged teeth, difficulty opening and closing your jaw, and chronic headaches and migraines.

What Is DTR Therapy?

To expand our abilities to help patients find relief, Dr. Lathrop has extensively studied Disclusion Time Reduction (DTR) Therapy, which is an innovative approach to correcting bite malfunctions that cause TMD and its chronic symptoms. By digitally measuring bite force and the action of clenching jaw muscles using Tekscan pressure mapping technology, we can identify bite and facial muscle disharmony that could lead to broken teeth, facial pain, migraine headaches, postural imbalances, and more. By determining the time it takes for all of your teeth to fully separate and come together, your dentist can more accurately diagnose your specific TMJ disorder and suggest the most effective treatment.