A lot of patients suffer from what they’ve been told is TMJ pain. TMJ is sort of a generic catchall term, and not everybody fits into a nice neat box. So, a lot of things can cause jaw pain and joint pain. Our job is to try to figure out, you know, what’s the source of it? Is it a muscle problem? Is it how your teeth fit together? Is it your posture? Is it from past trauma? So, we work with physical therapists in our community that can really help with that. And we try to determine whether a type of appliance that the patient wears in their mouth can help with that, or whether it means addressing the bite issue. So, it’s looking at it from a couple of different angles to try to figure out what the underlying source is.
Reclaim Your Comfort With TMJ Therapy
We’ll start with a comprehensive evaluation of your condition. Our skilled dentist will assess your symptoms, examine your jaw joint, and discuss your medical history to determine the most appropriate course of treatment. One of the most common and successful approaches for TMJ therapy is the use of oral appliances.
To create your appliance, our dental team will take precise impressions of your teeth. Instead of a messy tray of goop, we use a digital scanner for impressions. You won’t have to hold a tray in your mouth, which can be difficult for those suffering from TMJ pain. The impressions ensure your appliance is custom-fitted to your mouth.
You’ll also receive instructions on how to use and maintain your appliance. We are happy to work together with a physical therapist, if needed, for a comprehensive solution.
Your appliance will:
- Fit comfortably in your mouth
- Adjust the position of your jaw joint
- Alleviate the pressure on the joint, reduce muscle tension, and promote proper alignment
- With regular use, provide relief from TMJ symptoms, including pain, headaches, jaw stiffness, and muscle tension
Ready to say goodbye to TMJ discomfort? Call us today at 515-337-2244 to schedule a consultation. Discover how TMJ treatment in Ames can provide you with lasting relief and improved quality of life. Be sure to schedule your next dental cleaning and exam, too. You can also request an appointment online.