Jaw Pain Interfering With Your Health and Happiness? TMD May Be to Blame
Popping. Headaches. Jaw pain and difficulty chewing. Do any of these symptoms sound familiar? You may be experiencing problems with the temporomandibular joints (TMJ). Problems surrounding the jaw joints and supporting soft tissues are known as Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD). TMD is debilitating for many people. But modern dentistry offers effective solutions to treat TMJ pain and suffering. Let Dr. Michaela Tozzi and our team ease your discomfort, and identify the factors contributing to your jaw pain. We provide the advanced, experienced care you need to find soothing relief from your TMJ symptoms!
Are You Experiencing Signs and Symptoms of TMJ Problems?
The TMJ, or jaw joints, are located on either side of the face and involved in oral function, from swallowing to chewing. Though the exact cause of TMD is unknown, factors like teeth grinding, bite misalignment and injury place stress on the joints and contribute to this painful condition. Symptoms range from minor discomfort to excruciating pain, and cause many patients to miss work, school and major life events.
Signs and symptoms of TMD:
- Jaw pain
- Tension in the neck, shoulder or upper back
- Earaches or ringing in the ear
- Chronic headaches
- Sore, tired jaw
- Discomfort when eating
- Jaw locking in position
- Limited opening
- Popping, grinding or clicking
Put TMJ Pain and Symptoms to Rest with Advanced Laser Therapy
Do you struggle daily with TMJ pain or headaches? We urge you to take action and seek the care you need for a healthy, comfortable smile. Most cases of TMD do not resolve on their own, and require professional care. Treating your TMD early on helps avoid further problems like worn or broken teeth and fillings, the need for surgery and simply missing out on life. Dr. Tozzi is highly experienced in using our BIOLASE® Epic™ laser therapy technology for the advanced treatment of TMJ problems.
The Proof Is In Our Patients
BOTOX® Treatment Ease TMD Symptoms
In addition to laser treatments for TMD, Dr. Tozzi also offers BOTOX® injections at the jaw joint. BOTOX relieves muscle tension and stiffness, so when it is injected at the temporomandibular joint, the muscles relax. Many times, patients experience relief from TMD pain after their first visit, but we recommend several injections during a treatment plan for the best results. BOTOX can relieve headaches caused by TMD and teeth grinding and can even minimize the effects of lock jaw. As an added benefit to TMD treatment, BOTOX can also give you a more youthful appearance by minimizing and smoothing out the skin around the injection site.