TMJ Therapy – Coronado, CA
Don’t Let Jaw Pain Ruin Your Life!
Upon waking up, the last thing you probably want to experience is pain, but for many Americans, jaw pain is a constant struggle, as well as clicking and popping of the jaw, headaches, and migraines. If your jaw is misaligned or you suffer from chronic teeth grinding, chances are you’ve had to deal with a stiff or sore jaw in the morning on a regular basis. That’s where TMJ therapy from Advanced Dentistry comes in! To get your chronic jaw pain treated, give our dental office a call!
Diagnosis & Treatment
TMJ revolves around the temporomandibular joints that connect the lower jaw to the skull. By examining these joints, we can determine problem areas and treat them directly. When you arrive, we’ll closely examine how your bite comes together. After capturing all necessary X-rays and photos of your jaw and bite, we can create a detailed diagnosis, then build a treatment plan that fits your needs. Depending on the severity of your TMJ disorder, we may use a combination of treatments.
When we talk about occlusal adjustments, we’re referring to making changes in the way your bite comes together. This means removing tiny interferences that cause imperfect positioning of your teeth when the jaws are closed. In some cases, this can be due to a damaged or badly seated restoration, such as a crown or bridge. In other cases, it can mean making slight modifications to your tooth enamel, reconstruction of damaged teeth, or the use of clear aligners to reposition teeth.
Similar to a nightguard, an occlusal splint works to protect teeth in patients with clenching or grinding habits. Overall, splints should make your bite feel more comfortable. Adjustments will likely be needed over time as you get used to the appliance. These adjustments will ensure that your bite maintains harmony needed to remove your TMJ disorder’s symptoms. Our advanced technology will ensure that your appliance fits exceptionally well and lasts for many years.
TENS Machine Treatment
The TENS device, or transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation machine, is a treatment that uses low voltage electrical currents to relieve pain, typically in the back. These low voltage currents stimulate the nerves for therapeutic purposes. Since TMJ disorder can cause pain in areas other than the jaw, such as the head, neck and upper back, it’s use for TMJ therapy can be quite beneficial. Our dentists will make sure to go over their use in great detail to ensure treatment success.
While Botox has been known for its abilities to remove wrinkles and remove your facial appearance, it can also serve as an ideal treatment for those with TMJ disorder. Botox is designed to paralyze certain areas of the face, preventing them from moving and causing lines around the mouth, eyes, and eyebrows. Because of its paralyzing nature, it can also prevent the jaw from unconsciously moving, which can lead to additional stress on the jaw joints.
Laser Therapy for Jaw Pain
As if TMJ therapy couldn’t get more advanced, our dental office makes use of low-level lasers to effectively treat pain related to TMJ disorder. If your unique type of TMJ disorder is not receptive to more traditional forms of treatment, laser therapy can make a big difference. There is no removal of tissue or pain associated with treatment. When provided by one of our trained dentists, this treatment can be incredibly effective at relieving pain, especially when other methods prove to be ineffective.