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More than 30 million Americans suffer from Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorder, with symptoms ranging from mild to severe. TMJ disorders can be painful: individuals experience severe headaches, earaches, locking of the jaw, difficulty eating, facial pain, and more. For some, the pain can be debilitating and makes it challenging to navigate their daily lives.

At Erskine Family Dentistry, Dr. Susan Cocquyt and Dr. Lori Risser are dentists who specialize in helping patients find relief from pain and achieve a healthy aligned bite. A treatment that we offer in South Bend, IN that can relieve patients from pain and discomfort is DTR Therapy — the latest in dental technology. We are the only dentists certified in DTR in Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, and Michigan!


Disclusion Time Reduction (DTR) therapy uses the proven, data-based technology in Tekscan (computerized bite analysis) and EMG to determine what is causing facial muscles to hyperfunction. By using digital bite analysis, our doctors are able to determine and measure teeth and muscles that are overloaded. These overloaded teeth and muscles create TMJ disorder symptoms.

DTR Therapy enables our doctors to measure pressure, timing, and muscle activity in real time and uses data to make accurate micro-adjustments to the teeth. The result is a better-balanced bite and more functional muscle activity without medication, appliances, invasive surgery, or lengthy dental procedures.


While DTR therapy is most commonly used for patients with TMJ disorders, the treatment is not limited to TMJ. If you are experiencing the following symptoms, DTR therapy could be right for you:

  • TMJ disorder symptoms
  • Bite feels off/pain after dental work
  • Bite feels off/pain after braces or Invisalign
  • Facial pain, Meniere’s Disease - Vertigo, Trigeminal Neuralgia pain
  • Migraines and other headache pain
  • Neck pain / Cervical Dystonia

We can use DTR therapy to determine what is causing bite pain or discomfort for each patient’s individual situation. Patients can experience a reduction in pain and discomfort after just one appointment.

If DTR Therapy is something you are interested in, please call for a consultation. Dr. Susan Cocquyt and Dr. Lori Risser are two of only 49 dentists in the world that are DTR Certified.

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