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TMJ Therapy

Stop Your Debilitating Jaw Pain

Debilitating jaw pain can rob you of a basic quality of life. No one understands that more than we do.

TMJ pain is remarkably common, and our doctors have taken a special interest in managing these conditions, as they suffer from them personally.

Unlike other TMJ centers, our practice excels at quickly and efficiently controlling TMJ pain, so you can get back to everyday life – pain-free.

Splint Therapy

Our office utilizes two different types of nonsurgical splint therapies, tailored specifically to your symptoms and needs. The most common cause of TMJ disorder is muscle fatigue from the overuse of facial muscles.

This can be brought on by the clenching and grinding of teeth, any head or neck trauma, or even frequently chewing gum or other tough or chewy foods. Stress and anxiety can also aggravate these conditions, making them even worse.

Our low profile, easy to wear, splints act as a type of physical therapy, allowing your joints and the surrounding muscles to heal, and in the process, relieves the pain and discomfort you have been suffering from.

This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Inner-ear pain
  • Jaw pain
  • Neck pain/stiffness
  • Tooth aches

If you or a loved one have been advised to have TMJ therapy and the cost of treatment seems astronomical – or simply does not make sense – please contact our office to speak to our treatment coordinator and make an appointment to visit with us before beginning any treatment.

BOTOX® Treatment

While splint therapy offers a physical resolution to TMJ disorder symptoms, we can use BOTOX® as a chemical form of rehab, too.

Botulinum toxin type A, better known as BOTOX, works by blocking the transfer of neurotransmitters between your nerve endings and the symptomatic muscle. This prevents your muscle from being able to contract, allowing it to relax and heal.

This essentially diminishes or completely takes away your pain. While BOTOX is a great option and offers extraordinary and fast results, the effects of BOTOX last approximately 3-4 months.

This means, to achieve permanent resolution of TMJ disorder symptoms, either future treatments of BOTOX will be needed, or splint therapy would be needed in conjunction with the initial BOTOX treatment.

Trigger Point Therapy

We can also treat your TMJ disorder and its associated pain through trigger point therapy. When certain muscle groups get overworked, they can become inflamed and knotted.

These knotted tissues can clump together and form what is known as trigger points. Similar to a deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy utilizes dry needling, as well as BOTOX® or saline, to break up these knots.

Once these knots have been released, the muscle becomes less tense and the body is given the chance to heal itself naturally. The end result is a reduction in pain, tightness, and swelling, as well as a much happier patient.

Trigger point therapy has been proven to reduce muscle tension, promote healing, and increase range of motion. If you are suffering from debilitating TMJ pain, give us a call and see if trigger point therapy is right for you.