TMJ Treatment

TMJ Treatment

Soothe Jaw Pain in Baton Rouge

Do you have pain in your neck and jaw that you do not know the cause of? If so, you may be suffering from a temporomandibular joint disorder or TMJ disorder. The TMJ is a sliding hinge that connects the jawbone to the skull. While this can be an annoying and painful experience, our practice is well-versed in treating TMJ through our TMJ dentistry services. If you’ve been looking for a way to ease your jaw pain, now is the time.

What is TMJ/TMD?

As mentioned above, the temporomandibular joint acts as a sliding hinge that connects the jaw and the skull. As you chew, talk, or do open your mouth, the TMJ slides back and forth to allow the jaw to expand and shut. However, for those that have TMJ disorders, or TMD, this hinge may be damaged, decayed, or misshapen, causing a lack of the full jaw closing and opening, as well as pain.

TMJ & TMD Symptoms

While the symptoms of TMD vary by person and by severity, there are a few common symptoms to look out for. TMD can be difficult to diagnose due to the fact that many of the symptoms can be caused by a variety of other disorders. However, if you have explored other avenues and still haven’t found a solution, you may have TMD. Symptoms include:

  • Jaw pain and tenderness
  • Pain located on one or both sides of just the jaw area
  • Clicking or grating sound when opening and closing the jaw, or when chewing
  • Radiating facial pain
  • Pain when biting down or chewing
  • Pain in or around the ear on the same side as jaw pain
  • Locking and popping of jaw when opening

Treatment Options

Our practice can provide a variety of treatment options for TMJ pain. These treatments include:

  • Neuromuscular: We offer diagnostic technology that includes cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) and palpitation for pain relief and diagnosis. We also offer day and night wear devices and laser therapy for neuromuscular treatment.
  • Bio Esthetics: For bio esthetic pain relations, we utilize CBCT and a JVA Dopper as well as masseter muscle relaxant treatments.
  • Centric Relation: If your TMJ pain is due to centric relation, we can diagnose by CBCT and oral palpitation, and treat with sleep appliances for bruxing, clenching, and tooth grating.