What is TMJ Therapy?
The TMJ, or temporomandibular joint, is responsible for the smooth movement of your jaw. If you’re experiencing TMJ-related problems and dysfunction, this area can be painful, irritated, inflamed and even cause issues with opening and closing your mouth. We offer a range of TMJ therapy options to help improve this joint and eliminate pain. Our goal is to offer you the very best care that is available to improve the quality of your life.
Why would TMJ Therapy be needed?
The reason you may need TMJ therapy is because the joint connecting your lower jaw to your skull is exhibiting pain or immobility. You might be tired of hearing your jaw crack, pop or grind any time that you open your mouth. Over time, this joint can become severely painful, and you may even have difficulties opening and closing your mouth. Before it gets this bad, we can provide you with therapy to help ease the pain and discomfort.
Who is a candidate for TMJ Therapy?
TMJ therapy is ideal for patients of all ages who have problems with their temporomandibular joint. We can examine this joint to determine if you’re experiencing problems. In some cases, we’ll need to take special x-rays to further identify a problem and provide you with the best treatment. Because there are many different types of therapies available, it is easy to find the one that works for you.
What can you expect with TMJ Therapy?
TMJ therapy begins with a consultation, exam and series of x-rays. We will identify the problem and source of both your pain and discomfort. From there, we will sit with you and discuss your treatment options. For mild TMJ-related problems, we’ll typically start with easier therapies to see if they can help. For more serious problems, we’ll look into more aggressive treatments that can handle the issue. Some of the most common therapies include:
- Physical therapy
- Hot and cold therapy
- Pain medication
- Treatment of bruxism (grinding)
If you’d like to contact our office to learn more about TMJ therapy and how it can work for you, call us today so that we can get you in to benefit from our low wait times and one-on-one approach to care.