Jaw clicking, soreness, or tension can compromise your comfort and keep you from chewing with natural ease. This pain often stems from TMJ/TMD, a jaw disorder that can be treated with a variety of minimally invasive, tailored treatments. Find relief with solutions from your orthodontist today.
Relieve Your Pain And Discomfort
TMJ/TMD causes serious, chronic jaw pain that can interfere with your ability to work, focus on school, and live your day-to-day life. With proper treatment at our office, you can get your life back to normal.
Improve Oral Range Of Motion
TMJ/TMD can make your jaw “lock” or stiffen. This makes it hard to open and close your mouth properly, which could interfere with biting, eating, and even speaking. Treating TMJ/TMD can improve your oral range of motion.
Treat Other Related Problems
TMJ/TMD is related to lots of other problems including tinnitus (ringing of the ears), chronic headaches, neck and upper back stiffness, and more. With proper treatment from a qualified orthodontist, you can get improvement from a variety of TMJ/TMD symptoms.
Using our state-of-the-art 3Shape Scanner, your orthodontist can capture a 3D model of your mouth in just 3 minutes or less. This fully digital process means that messy putty is now a thing of the past!
A Team of Specialists
We work with a network of local providers and specialists to help treat and diagnose patients with TMJ disorder. Rest assured, we are looking at a comprehensive look at your jaw to help you get the relief you need.
If you grind or clench your teeth at night, your doctor can prescribe a custom-made acrylic guard to keep your jaw in a more relaxed position. Nightguards are long-lasting and require little maintenance, making them one of the most reliable TMJ/TMD treatments.
Get Relief With Botox
Botox injections can ease jaw tension by relaxing the muscles you use for chewing. This helps decrease clenching and gives your joints a much needed break.
Low Level Laser Therapy
Low level laser therapy is a non-invasive treatment used for TMJ that involves the application of laser light to the jaw muscles. This therapy increases blood flow and reduces inflammation, which can help alleviate the pain and discomfort from TMJ/TMD symptoms.
Initial Consultation & Diagnosis
TMJ/TMD is often caused by more than one thing, from jaw overuse (like excessive gum chewing or teeth grinding) to direct trauma to the joint, and even some auto-immune problems like arthritis in the joint. So, the first step is to come to our office for an appointment. Your doctor will perform a comprehensive oral exam, discuss your symptoms, and determine what could be contributing to your TMJ.
Developing Your Treatment Plan
Once your orthodontist has determined potential causes, they will work with you to develop a custom treatment plan. This could include things like Botox injections, a night guard appliance to help with grinding and clenching during sleep, and even things like orthodontic treatment with braces or clear aligners.
Lifestyle Changes & Physical Therapy
Along with TMJ/TMD treatment from your orthodontist, certain lifestyle changes and at-home physical therapy can help improve your oral range of motion and the symptoms of TMJ/TMD. For example, you can choose to eat softer foods for several weeks to help your jaw heal, or you may need to do some jaw exercises to help with your recovery. Your orthodontist will discuss these topics with you in detail as they develop your treatment plan.