Our office is well known for specializing in diagnosing and treating pain associated with facial muscles and the temporomandibular joint.
The TMJ assists in the basic opening and closing movements of the jaw. Common issues surround the TMJ, such as recurring pain and clicking in the jaw when chewing or talking, which may not always indicate a TMJ dysfunction.
Because these symptoms may not be due to a TMJ disorder, it is important to get an accurate diagnosis for any concerns about a TMJ issue.
First, we must determine if orthodontics will be the solution to any pain or discomfort relating to the joint.
We offer a TMJ exam that evaluates the joint tissue in the “hinge” of the jaw that would indicate deterioration of joint tissue or damaged joint tissue, which cushions the jaw bones during the opening and closing movement of the mouth. Common pain relievers and cold compresses can provide temporary relief for most cases of TMJ.
If the TMJ issue is indeed caused by misalignment or other bite problems, braces can align your teeth correctly to eliminate any biting issues.
Some other common symptoms from a TMJ disorder include headaches, jaw and ear discomfort, and discomfort in the neck shoulders, and upper back.
For more serious cases of TMJ, we will recommend an alternate TMJ treatment. Often, we will suggest using a mouth guard to relieve teeth grinding. In some cases, we will instruct you to use orthodontic appliances or retainers to alleviate discomfort or redirect positioning of the TMJ joint. For the most severe cases of TMJ, we may recommend certain invasive procedures.
Botulinum Toxin for Facial Esthetics and Facial Muscle pain
Dr. Coombs uses Botulinum Toxin A for facial esthetics and to help control facial muscle spasms. These products work great for wrinkles and for alleviating muscle and temporomandibular joint pain by decreasing muscular contractions. If you clench or grind your teeth, these injections can help control the contractions and protect your teeth as well as relieve your muscle and joint pain.
Contact our office today to determine if braces are the best route for you and to determine if orthodontic TMJ treatment is right for you.