TMJ / TMD Therapy Relieves Chronic Pain for ohio patients
If you put your fingers right in front of your earlobes and move your jaw, you’ll feel your TMJ, which is the joint that connects your jaw to the rest of your head. Like other joints in the body, it can sometimes develop issues due to strain or injury, leading to what is called a TMJ disorder, or TMD. This can bring on a multitude of painful symptoms that can affect the head and even the entire body, but thankfully, our team is more than capable of diagnosing and treating these kinds of issues right here in Northeast Ohio.
Diagnosis & Treatment
A TMD can be brought on by several different factors, but the most common tend to be stress, injury, arthritis, and a slight misalignment of the bite. This can all put strain on the sensitive joint and the surrounding muscles which leads to tension. This tension can spread to other parts of the body, which is why in addition to a stiff and painful jaw, most TMD patients also suffer from chronic headaches! We’ll use a variety of exams to determine the cause of your TMD so we can figure out the best way to relieve your discomfort.
TMD is often brought on by a slight misalignment of the bite that forces the jaw to make small adjustments whenever you open and close your mouth. These can lead to small spasms that harm the muscles and joint as well as cause unconscious teeth grinding. However, with a few well-placed BOTOX injections, we can stop these spasms and help relieve their associated pain. The treatment only takes a few minutes, but the results can easily last for months at a time.
Nightguards for Bruxism
Bruxism is a very sneaky problem where a person unconsciously clenches their jaw and grinds their teeth while they sleep. Over time, this can severely wear down the enamel, make the teeth more sensitive, and eventually cause them to break! To help patients with this issue, we can have them wear something called a nightguard to bed. This small, custom-made mouthpiece fits comfortably between the teeth and stops them from coming together and doing damage.