TMJ /TMD Treatment
Pain in the jaw, jaw clicking, a locking jaw, and other associated symptoms could be caused by TMD, also known as TMJ disorder. Your temporomandibular joint is under constant strain, with talking, for chewing, when yawning, and when clenching --- which is something a lot of people do when under stress.
The longer you experience these symptoms the more chances of permanent damage to the jaw. You do not have to endure these painful symptoms. Available TMD treatment options from our practice could help you reduce or even eliminate symptoms altogether. At Lake Ridge Ortho-TMJ-Sleep Centre, Dr. Carlos Wiesse and his team of dental professionals can help in a number of ways, many of which could be non-invasive, depending on the severity of your symptoms and TMJ damage.
What Causes TMD?
Common TMD symptoms, such as sore jaw, radiating jaw and ear pain, Tinnitus (ringing in the ears), jaw clicking, a locked jaw, headaches, neck and shoulder pain could be caused by a number of problems including:
- Lack of optimal jaw position could cause problems with the joint as well as associated muscles.
- Bruxism (grinding teeth), which can continually aggravate TMD symptoms.
- Trauma to the head or mouth, including whiplash or dislocated jaw.
- Poor posture
- Hospital intubation
- Missing teeth
Because the Temporomandibular joint is continually used, TMD could be a chronic source of pain, particularly when you feel stress. If you want to overcome TMD pain and symptoms, Dr. Wiesse can assess your situation and recommend TMD treatment that could make a major difference.
The dental team at Lake Ridge Ortho-TMJ-Sleep Centre would be happy to assess your symptoms in order to look at potential causes and determine an pertinent treatment plan to help alleviate your symptoms, and prevent ongoing problems with the jaw.
A clinical assessment which can include a CT scan, Joint Vibration Analysis (JVA), motor reflex testing and muscle palpations will be performed to determine the appropriate treatment plan.
Treatment methods for TMD could include:
- Cold Laser, ultrasound and other pain relief help including anti-inflammatory prescriptions
- Trigger point, nerve block, or Botox injections
- Orthotic dental appliances to help move the jaw into an optimal position and reduce teeth grinding/clenching
- Spray and stretch TMJ massage technique as well as jaw exercise recommendations
Working with Lake Ridge Ortho-TMJ-Sleep Centre in Grand Prairie, TX
At Lake Ridge Ortho-TMJ-Sleep Centre, Dr. Wiesse and his team take the time to assess each patient individually to determine an appropriate and customized TMD treatment plan. Wherever possible we opt for non-invasive treatments and we’ve had great success with helping patients reduce or even eliminate symptoms altogether.