Treatment for Jaw Pain
Many people come to us complaining about jaw pain. Some complaints come from too much stress at home and work and others from chewing gum too much. In either case, a disconnection between the joint, movement, and muscular components of the jaw makes simple things like talking and eating very painful.
There are simple things you can do to relieve pain like heating, icing, or massaging your jaw, but if you’re like many of our patients, you’re unsure of your jaw locking out on you when you have to yawn and are looking for more comprehensive solutions.
Before care, the first thing we usually hear from people is they have visited their dentist for night guards to stop teeth grinding and correct misalignment of their teeth. Typically, we have patients referred from our community of wonderful Dentists that we work with to make it better.
We understands how discouraging it can be to deal with jaw problems. Here are some things to consider to get you from feeling like you’re a cow chewing grass to getting a better jaw.
What are some effective treatments for temporomandibular dysfunction?
People come in with so much pain that they are in tears sometimes. Getting the muscles around the jaw to relax is the best way to get rid of pain immediately, but we don’t want to aggravate it anymore. TECAR therapy is the newer technique to gently warm the muscles around the joints and remove tension. This allows the jaw to open more uniformly and decrease pain enough to allow them to talk or eat normally. This type of therapy is gentle, comfortable and very effective.
Myofascial Release therapy
Clicking of the jaw is often caused by tightness in the primary chewing muscles: Masseter, Temporalis and Pterygoid. Myofascial release therapy can often release the tension and decrease clicking and tightness of your jaw.
Class IV Laser therapy
If you are experiencing pain, without clicking in your TMJ, Laser therapy is a safe and effective treatment option to reduce inflammation of your TMJ and improve function.