Jaw pain or stiffness? Chronic headaches or migraines? These can be symptoms of TMJ disorder (TMD). You don’t have to live with this pain. Let us guide you to a life change.
You have a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connecting your lower jaw to your skull, and when the chewing muscles, jaw joints, and bite do not work together in harmony, pain is the result.
The exact cause of TMD is not always clear, but there are some signs that put people at increased risk of developing it. A misaligned bite can cause the disc between the ball and socket of the joint to become dislocated, causing improper joint function and pain. Arthritis of the TMJ can develop due to injury or wear over time. Bruxism, or clenching and grinding your teeth, can lead to TMD.
Examining your jaw for signs of a TMJ disorder (TMD) allows us to get down to the root cause and tailor a treatment plan for your specific needs.
Just as no two people are alike, neither are two TMD cases. There are, however, some common symptoms of TMD, including:
Accurate diagnosis is the first step to personalized care. Our 3D imaging allows us to visualize the TMJs and evaluate for structural abnormalities. Electromyography and jaw tracking allow us to evaluate the muscular activity to accurately diagnose TMD and create the most effective treatment plan for your case. We have a variety of treatment solutions for TMD:
We stabilize the jaw in its proper, balanced position through orthotics combined with adjunctive therapies such as TENS and the MLS laser. Along with in office treatment, patients can perform exercises at home to improve their jaw positioning and overall posture.
A TENS (transcutaneous electrical neural stimulation) Unit allows us to address jaw alignment issues by bringing the jaw into a more balanced position. Using gentle electrical stimulation, it relaxes the neck and head muscles to stimulate the release of endorphins and soothe the pain.
MLS Laser Therapy is another non-invasive treatment solution. By using various wavelengths, the laser penetrates the tissue, boosting cellular activity. This activity increases blood flow, reduces inflammation, and promotes healing.
We establish a new and improved bite position for long-term health through orthodontics and restorative dentistry.
We will also make suggestions of steps you can take in your daily life to reduce your symptoms and pain. These suggestions might include:
• Eating soft foods
• No chewing gum
• No foods requiring a lot of chewing
• Chewing on both sides of your mouth
• Moist heat application to sore areas for 5-10 minutes
• Gentle massage