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Cottonwood TMJ Treatment
Advanced TMJ Treatment for Cottonwood Residents
TMJ Is Relatively Common
- Blunt force injury to the jaw or face
- Stress to the muscles in the jaw
- Grinding of teeth
- An eroded disk
- A disc that has moved out of alignment
- And sometimes arthritis
- Frequent and recurring “tension” headaches
- Locking, clicking, or popping of jaw joints (especially when yawning)
- Difficulty opening your mouth wide
- Muscle weakness in the facial muscles
- Swelling on the side of your face
- Difficulty chewing or pain when chewing
- Toothaches, headaches, neck aches, shoulder pain
- Earaches, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), dizziness, earaches
Unfortunately, one of the symptoms of TMJ disorders (teeth grinding or clenching) can also be a cause of the disorder. In other words, those who have a TMJ disorder also have a symptom that makes the disorder worse.
Peak Family Dental Care will thoroughly examine your joints and attempt to determine the cause of your TMJ disorder and apply an effective treatment plan.
Patients who suffer from TMJ disorders can experience a range of discomfort that can become severe and impact daily life.
Diagnosing TMJ Disorder
Treating TMJ Disorders Effectively
Treatment for TMJ disorders generally involves a multi-step approach. While performing surgery on the joint may provide temporary relief, if it does not address the core problem, the joint pain will eventually return. Since our job is to prevent it from returning, we offer long-term solutions that provide both immediate and long-term relief.
To do this we provide an orthotic for your mouth that gently realigns your jaw. This will allow your joints and the surrounding tissue to begin healing. The orthotic we use is known as TruDenta®. Not only does it begin to allow your jaw joints to heal, but it will also provide us with more diagnostic information to personalize our approach to treating your TMJ disorder. The TruDenta system uses ultrasound, a low-level cold laser, and a number of other cutting-edge diagnostic tools to ensure that the therapies we prescribe will work for your TMJ disorder. Surgery can almost always be avoided and physical therapy is more effective for preventing future problems than simply cutting into your face.
The approach requires between six to twelve weeks and provides a permanent solution to a problem that won’t go away on its own.
Our use of advanced technology allows us to redefine traditional TMJ care. TruDenta therapy only requires our patients to undergo one-hour sessions for about six to eight weeks. Not only are these tools and techniques gentler in nature, but their non-invasive approach can also contribute to the overall calm and relaxed experience we strive to create. This means our patients can expect comfortable, spa-like treatment.