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TMJ/TMD Therapy – Jacksonville, FL

Say “Goodbye!” To Jaw Pain & Headaches

Click. Pop. Does your jaw make these sounds whenever you move it? Is it constantly stiff and painful? Do you wake up every morning with a headache? If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, then you may have a problem with your jaw joint, called the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) TMJ disorders (TMDs) affect more than 10 million Americans every year, but the relief they need can be found at a place they might not expect—their dentist’s office! If you’re tired of constant orofacial pain and want it to stop for good, we can help, so give us a call today to discuss TMJ/TMD therapy in Jacksonville, FL.

Woman in need of TMJ therapy holding cheek

What Makes Our TMJ/TMD Treatment Better?

Most treatments that provide long-term relief from TMD symptoms take quite a bit of time to complete, so what should patients do about their pain in the meantime? We have them covered with Botox. Long associated with cosmetics, Botox has actually been used as a trusted pain reliever for decades. With a few injections, we can relax strained and overactive jaw muscles to give patients the immediate respite they desire.

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Woman smiling after botox treatment

Diagnosis & Treatment

Skull and jawbone model

A TMD can be caused by a wide variety of factors, including daily stress, teeth grinding, a crooked bite, injury, and arthritis. So, the first step to providing the appropriate treatment is to determine what exactly is going wrong within the joint. To figure this out, we can test the mobility of the jaw, take X-rays, and even create a 3D model of the head and bite with our CBCT scanner. This helps us identify exactly what a patient needs so we can make their pain go away and stay away.

Equilibration/ Occlusal Adjustments

Animated equilibration treatment

For one reason or another (missing teeth, incorrectly sized dental restorations), the bite can sometimes be off-balance, which can place excess pressure on the TMJ that leads to muscle tension and pain that’s felt throughout the jaw, head, and neck. We can find these points of too little or too-much contact within the bite and then adjust the teeth so that they come together correctly, which should make any TMD symptoms quickly dissipate.

Occlusal Splints

Model smile with occlusal splint

An occlusal splint is a small oral appliance worn only to bed that slightly adjusts the jaw into a more relaxed and natural position. This takes the pressure off of aching jaw muscles and enables the area to heal on its own. The device also prevents one of the leading causes of TMD—nighttime teeth grinding. After a few weeks or months of consistent use, a patient should be able to wake up in the morning pain-free and not experience any discomfort throughout the day.

Treatment with TENS Machine

Woman receiving treatment with TENS system

The TENS machine is great for providing immediate relief for TMJ as well as stimulating the healing process. Small electrodes are placed near the joint, and tiny micro-pulses of electricity are sent into the muscles. This increases blood flow to the area, which washes out inflammatory factors and enables built-up tension to be released. It’s an effective way to stop TMJ pain while our team is addressing the underlying cause.

BOTOX Injections

Man smiling after Botox treatment

A few strategically placed injections of Botox can make TMJ pain go away for several months. The compound paralyzes overactive jaw muscles that lead to strain and teeth grinding during sleep. It can help with frequent headaches as well, as these are often the result of an unconsciously clenched jaw. This approach has been shown to help a patient sleep better and enjoy easier mornings, which can drastically improve their day-to-day life.