TMJ Treatment Can Relieve Your Jaw Pain
TMJ/TMD is where Dr. Holladay spends the majority of his continuing education hours. He continues to read/study/discuss these cases with an active study club to provide his patients with optimized treatment plan. His training far exceeds most dentists who just tell you to place a nightguard and it will magically fix everything. Please schedule a free consult to discuss your symptoms so Dr Holladay can make you pain free. We have several patients whose lives have completely changed and will be happy to tell you their story.
The temporal mandibular (TMJ) joints are located near the ear, at the top of the lower jaw. These joints allow movement of your jaw. TMJ disorders are caused by injury, arthritis or habits such as grinding the teeth at night. These disorders may produce some of the following symptoms:
- Ear aches
- Clicking or grating noises with jaw movement
- Pain opening or closing the mouth
- Limited movement of the jaw
- Tingling of the hands/feet
Not all discomfort of the jaw is the result of a TMJ disorder. In many cases, stress causes the muscles in the jaw to tense, resulting in symptoms similar to those characteristic of a TMJ disorder.
The necessary course of treatment is dependent on the specific diagnosis and severity of the damage to the joint. The most common method of treatment will be an orthotic. This is an appliance that is constructed to place your muscles, joints, and teeth in the correct position through the use of a TENS device. The TENS device gently relaxes your muscles to allow your teeth and joints to align.
Orthotics are fashioned to fit your bite by taking an impression of your teeth. This impression is then sent to a lab where your orthotic will be constructed. Our team will use the TENS device before the impressions are taken and for each adjustment until you are pain-free. Second stage options will be discussed to keep you pain free.
Depending on the severity of your case, Dr. Holladay will discuss your options for treatment, probable outcomes, and help you arrive at the best choice for your oral health goals and lifestyle.