TMJ Therapy

TMJ Therapy in Durango, CO

Do you suffer from chronic jaw pain, headaches, or other TMJ symptoms? If so, you may need to consider TMJ therapy. TMJ therapy can help to relieve your symptoms and improve your quality of life.

What is Temporomandibular Joint Therapy?

TMJ therapy is a type of treatment used to heal disorders of the temporomandibular joint, which connects your bottom jaw to the temporal bone. TMJ disorders can cause pain and dysfunction in the jaw joint and the surrounding muscles. TMJ therapy is designed to relieve pain, improve range of motion, and increase function.

TMJ disorders can be caused by a number of factors, including teeth grinding, jaw clenching, and arthritis. Treatment can help to relieve pain and improve function in the joint. Your treatment may include oral appliances, medication, or surgery, depending on the severity.

Common Symptoms of TMJ Disorders

TMJ disorders can be caused by several factors, including clenching or grinding your teeth, misalignment of the teeth or jaws, injury to the TMJ, or arthritis.

Common symptoms will include:

Severe Headaches

Muscle stiffness and sore jaw muscles

Locking of the jaw

Increased tooth sensitivity

Facial pain and jaw pain

Earaches or ringing in the ears

Difficulty opening the mouth

A change in your teeth alignment

Chronic pain behind your eyes, shoulder, neck, or back

Clicking or popping noises in your jaw

Bruxism, also known as teeth grinding

TMJ Treatment Options

Botox

Botox works by relaxing the joint muscles, which can help to reduce your pain and improve your overall function. Botox injections are given every three to six months, and most people see a noticeable improvement within two to four weeks.

Oral Appliances

Oral appliances are devices that you wear in your mouth, and they help to position the jaw to relieve stress on the TMJ joints. Oral appliances are custom-made to fit each individual patient, and they can be effective in reducing TMJ-related pain.

Medication

Medication can help to reduce inflammation and pain, and it can also be used to relax the muscles around the jaw. Medication is typically the first choice for treating TMJ pain, and there are a number of options available. Pain relievers like ibuprofen can help to relieve pain and inflammation. Muscle relaxants may also be prescribed to help relieve muscle tension and spasms.

Surgery

Surgery is almost always the last resort for treating TMJ disorders if other less invasive treatment methods are not successful. Surgery is only recommended after other treatments have been tried and failed.

Contact Us for Pain Relief

If you’re suffering from TMJ pain, there are a number of medical treatment options available to you. Our team is experienced in helping patients find relief from their TMJ symptoms with a customized treatment plan.

Contact us today to make an appointment and start on the path to pain-free living.