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.
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.
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.
Are you experiencing any of the following TMJ symptoms? If so, they could be caused by TMJ dysfunction.
Headaches or migraines
TMJ popping or clicking
Broken, worn or chipped teeth
Limited mouth opening or jaw locking
Ringing or pain in the ears
Clenching or grinding
Facial, Neck, Shoulder or Back Pain
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.
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.
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.
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.
TMJ pain does not have to rule your life.
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