TMJ Pain Treatment & Therapy
The science of Physiologic-Based Dentistry evaluates and treats your overall oral health by considering how your muscles, teeth and joints all work together.
When your bite is not in harmony with the muscles of your jaw, symptoms such as headaches, jaw pain, limited jaw openings, neck pain, jaw clicking, jaw popping, grinding teeth and breakdown of the teeth can occur.
Neuromuscular dentistry considers the entire system that controls the positioning and function of your jaw and neck. Neuromuscular dentists that treat TMJ use state-of-the-art computer systems and other precise electronic dental instrumentation to treat and/or to eliminate the pain and other TMJ symptoms.
Featured Patient TMJ Treatment Case
Dave had severe TMJ pain and symptoms. He had reached his limit with temporary fixes and sought a permanent solution for his TMJ pain.
Dr. Randi Green and the smile team helped Dave to relieve him of his debilitating jaw pain and TMJ symptoms.
Are you experiencing any of the following TMJ symptoms? If so, they could be caused by TMJ dysfunction.
- Headaches or migraines
- TMJ pain
- TMJ popping or clicking
- Broken, worn or chipped teeth
- Limited mouth opening or jaw locking
- Ear congestion
- Ringing or pain in the ears
- Difficulty swallowing
- Loose Teeth
- Clenching or grinding
- Facial, Neck, Shoulder or Back Pain
- Sensitive teeth
- Chewing difficulties
- Postural problems, vertigo, dizziness
- Tingling of the fingertips
- Hot & cold sensitivity of teeth
- Nervousness or insomnia
Your teeth fit together like a puzzle — there is only one way that they fit perfectly.
The temporomandibular joints, or TMJ, can cause havoc to your body when even just slightly misaligned. Clenching and grinding your teeth at night can make things worse by placing stress on the jaw joints causing inflammation. Your facial muscles can even become torqued and strained while trying to hold the jaw in the position necessary for everyday functions such as chewing and swallowing.
The torque and strain in your facial muscles often times leads you to change your posture to compensate. This posture change can lead to stress and strain in the head, neck and back muscles leading to pain and dysfunction in these areas as well.
TMJ pain is common and can often go undiagnosed, so Dr. Green, with extended TMJ training, screens every patient for the disorder. It can often present with no pain with the only signs being breaking, chipping, or worn teeth. If Dr. Green determines in her exam that TMJ dysfunction exists, then she will help formulate a non-surgical treatment plan to help relieve your pain.
This plan often includes two phases of TMJ treatment- the first phase consists of an oral appliance (a.k.a. neuromuscular orthotic) to align your jaw joint to its proper, physiologic position. There are many options for the second phase of treatment and Dr. Green will review which options are best suited for your situation.
TMJ pain symptoms don't have to keep you from living your life to the fullest.
See more about Dr. Green's TMJ pain treatment philosophy and how her physiologic-based training can help relieve TMJ symptoms through therapy and treatment.
Dr. Green is one of most highly-trained dentists in Springfield. She has over 500 hours of
advanced physiologic-based dental training in TMJ therapies and treatment.