End Your Jaw Pain with TMJ Treatment
Millions of Americans suffer from chronic facial and neck pain, as well as chronic headaches. In some cases, this pain originates in the temporomandibular joints (TMJ), which connect your lower jaw to your skull.Dr. Rothstein on TMJ Treatment Read Transcript
TMD, or temporomandibular disorder, is actually a really broad spectrum of things. At its most basic, you have little clicks and things like that, and the real part is where someone gets into pain and discomfort. We do have some forms of treatment really to try to minimize that. And so, one of the things that we do, I don't think any office does this, is we have something called the deep muscle stimulator. We have a cold laser and those are things that kind of, essentially, if you think about it, it's like if you have a sore shoulder, you get a massage. They work out some of those trigger points. Well, you can get trigger points in the muscles around the joint that affect it, and so by releasing those, you can create some relief.
We also do splint therapy and things like that, and that helps relieve pressure on the joint. If it does get to be severe, or something that's continuous and it's not responding to really splint therapy or something beyond that, we do have you go see a specialist for that because TMD is a very complicated thing, if it goes beyond all those things, where it can require some sort of muscle relaxants, therapy, things like that, that are beyond our scope.
But we do do kind of the initial phases, if it's just some clicking and discomfort, we'll always start with a splint and some muscle therapy and go from there, and some home care instructions.
Because our Boca Raton, FL and Coral Springs, FL dentists are also orthodontists, they are well-equipped to treat TMJ disorders (TMDs). Dr. Peter Wohlgemuth has even published research titled “Orthodontic Treatment and How it Relates to TMJ” in the American Journal of Orthodontics.
If you’ve got chronic jaw pain, you could have a TMJ disorder. Call Smiles by Dr. W and Dr. R at 561-327-6775 for a TMJ treatment and screening at at our Boca Raton, FL or Coral Springs, FL offices.
We Treat TMJ Disorders with Splints and Massage Therapy
Our orthodontists treat TMJ disorders with:
- massage therapy
- custom splints (similar to mouthguards) that work by keeping your teeth slightly apart
- a combination of the two
A splint takes pressure off your TMJ and the surrounding muscles, and it can also relieve TMJ-related migraines. In addition, splints keep you from clenching or grinding your teeth, habits that some studies have linked to TMDs.
In addition to splints for treating TMDs, we can fit you for custom mouthguards that protect your teeth during athletic activities.
Are You Experiencing Symptoms of TMJ Disorder?
TMJ disorder can be tricky to diagnose because many of its symptoms can also be caused by other health disorders. In addition to their extensive training and hands-on experience in treating it, Dr. Wohlgemuth and Dr. Ira Rothstein use high-tech tools to help them identify TMDs.
Our advanced dental technology includes:
- 3D imaging, which gives us a comprehensive view of your mouth and jaw.
- iTero® Intraoral Scanners, which use digital technology instead of messy molding material when we take teeth impressions to fit your for a custom splint or mouthguard.
The primary symptom of a TMJ disorder is chronic jaw pain. Other symptoms include:
- Trouble moving your jaw, or a jaw that gets “stuck”
- Soreness in your face and/or neck
- Pain when opening or closing your mouth
- Chronic headaches and migraines
Call Smiles by Dr. W and Dr. R at 561-327-6775 to schedule for a TMJ treatment or screening appointment at our Boca Raton, FL or Coral Springs, FL offices, or use our online form. Both of our dentists have spent hours for continuing education at the Pinnacle Study Club, and members of professional organizations like American Association of Orthodontists, Florida Association of Orthodontists and American Dental Association.