What is TMJ Pain Treatment & Therapy?

TMJ Dentist, Doctor Randi Green uses the science of Physiologic-Based Dentistry to evaluate and treat TMD disorder by considering how your muscles, teeth, jaw joints and jaw movement all work together in harmony.


 TMJ symptoms can include throbbing headaches.

When your bite is not in sync 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.

Physiologic dentistry considers the entire system that controls the positioning and function of your jaw and neck. Physiologic or TMJ dentists that treat TMD disorder and TMJ pain use state-of-the-art computer systems and other precise electronic dental instrumentation to measure facial muscles to treat and/or to eliminate the pain and other TMJ symptoms.

Traditional Dentistry is based on mechanical concepts that assume that your present bite is best for you and does not recognize the important role that muscles and joints play in dentistry.
— TMJ Dentist, Dr. Randi Green DMD, LVIF

See some of Dr. Green’s recent TMJ Success Stories in the form of podcasts, videos, and interviews with TMJ pain patients.

 

Arwen's TMJ Pain Success Story Interview 

Listen to Dr. Green's patient Arwen as she shares her story and battle with the "big ugly beast" that was her TMJ pain. Hear her describe what it's like to go through TMJ treatment with Dr. Green now living life pain-free.

Dave's TMJ Pain Treatment Case and TMJ Pain Success Story

Watch Dave's interview and hear him describe the struggles with TMJ pain. Dr. Randi Green and the smile team helped Dave to relieve him of his debilitating jaw pain and TMJ symptoms with physiologic dentistry.

 

Ruth Ann's TMJ Pain Success Story

Ruth Ann wanted answers for her TMJ related pain. Watch her TMJ pain success story and see how how Dr. Green was able to eliminate her painful symptoms.

 

Cindy's TMJ Pain Success Story

Cindy had experienced TMD symptoms all of her life and lived through the pain. It was an article from Dr. Green's blog that caught her attention after a specific TMJ symptom left her searching for answers.


It is hard to put into words how great this team is. The staff is amazing and always super friendly. Visits are always cordial and relaxed. Dr. Green is an astute professional well deserving of all her positive reviews. I would attribute her success not only to her analytical and methodical prowess, but also to the level of personal conviction and caring put forth in her practice. I started seeing Dr. Green after I developed severe TMJ issues from having my wisdom teeth removed by another dentist. It has been a long journey and I’ve seen many doctors for my TMJ, but I must say that Dr. Green is by far the most compassionate, understanding, and personal provider on my road to recovery. Dr. Green is always exploring new possibilities and innovations. She is always willing to listen to any and all of my concerns, answer all of my questions and has never treated me as if I were just another patient. The great team, great energy and great care are what make this the best dental practice in the area.
— Taehee K. via Google ★★★★★

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

  • Dizziness

  • 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


What is my bad bite is doing to me?

This short TMJ video illustrates the concept of how Dr. Green approaches and treats TMD disorder. She is the only LVI fellow practicing in Springfield, MO and has successfully treated many patients resolving years of chronic pain through a non-surgical TMJ treatment approach.

Please watch to learn more about how a bad bite can wreak havoc on the muscles and joints!

Your teeth fit together like a puzzle — there is only one way that they fit perfectly. TMJ dentist, Dr. Green is a physiologic-based dentist that can help you find your perfect smile.

 
 Non-Surgical TMJ Pain Treatment of TMD disorder symptoms in Springfield, MO

The temporomandibular joints, or TMJ, can cause havoc to your body when even just slightly misaligned.

Clenching and teeth grinding 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. Severe facial pain and migraine headaches can be treated by bringing your jaw joints, muscles and teeth into harmony.

Dr. Green helps patients answer these questions with physiologic dentistry. Whole health dentistry with Dr. Randi Green factors in the mouth and body connection.

    What is forward head posture?
    Can you correct forward head posture?
    How can you correct bad posture?
    How can I improve bad posture?
    Why does my child hold their head in front of the shoulders?

The effects of TMD can trickle down the rest of the body affecting posture. These postural effects can cause skeletal changes over time like rotations of the vertebrae, loss of curvature in the neck, forward head posture, tilted pelvis, and tight calf muscles to name a few. Read Dr. Green's article about TMJ and Airway and how they effect development.

 TMJ dentist, Doctor Randi Green approaches dentistry with a whole-health philosophy. In addition to beautiful, straight teeth, Dr. Green can also treat forward head posture and jaw area. Achieving optimal health may include treating gum disease, screening for sleep disorders such as sleep apnea and sleep bruxism, and provide patients with ideal oral health for a better quality of life.

TMJ dentist, Doctor Randi Green approaches dentistry with a whole-health philosophy. In addition to beautiful, straight teeth, Dr. Green can also treat forward head posture and jaw area. Achieving optimal health may include treating gum disease, screening for sleep disorders such as sleep apnea and sleep bruxism, and provide patients with ideal oral health for a better quality of life.

Is Bad Posture Related to My TMJ Pain? 

The torque and strain in your facial muscles often times leads you to change your posture to compensate. This posture change can lead to an increase of stress and strain in the head, neck and back muscles leading to pain and dysfunction in these areas of the body.

With the use of smartphones and tablets, "text neck" also referred to as "tech neck" issues are becoming more prevalent. Any activity that places added pressure on your neck, such as looking down at a smartphone for long periods of time, can exacerbate TMJ pain symptoms and can cause further posture issues.

TMJ disorder is common and can often go undiagnosed. TMJ dentist, Dr. Green, with advanced physiologic TMJ training, screens every patient for temporomandibular joint disorders.

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.

Treating TMJ

This plan often includes two phases of TMJ treatment—the first phase (Phase I) is a reversible therapy and consists of an oral appliance sometimes referred to as a neuromuscular orthotic or physiologic orthotic. This custom-made orthotic helps align your jaw joint to its proper physiologic position. Dr. Green uses relaxing techniques on the jaw muscles that help find the optimal position.

There are many treatment options for the second phase (Phase II) of Dr. Green's TMJ therapy. She will review which options are best suited for your situation.


Don't let TMJ pain rule your life. Dr. Green is one of most highly-trained TMJ dentists in Missouri. She has over 500 hours of advanced physiologic-based dental training with successful TMJ pain therapy and TMD treatment outcomes.


 

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TMJ pain does not have to rule your life. 

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