Temporomandibular Joint Disorder – Help for Unexplained Facial Pain
More commonly known as TMJ or TMD, this is a misalignment of your jaw joint. It can cause many different symptoms, such as headaches, a poor bite, jaws that “lock” in an open- or closed-mouth position, clicking or popping sounds in the jaw, and an overall tiredness and pain in the face.
If you experience any of these symptoms, the doctors at Sneed Dental Arts will take comprehensive images and measurements to determine the extent of your TMD. Based on her findings, she will discuss with you the best method to reposition your lower jaw so that it fits correctly in the socket of your upper jaw. This is called centric relation therapy.
Your TMD can often be relieved with an orthotic, or splint that you wear at night or while at home. The treatment for your TMD will always be gradual and gentle. After all, we’re here to relieve your pain, not cause more!
We are now able to offer cold laser therapy as a pain relief solution for TMJ without heat, tissue damage, or drugs. Cold laser therapy – also known as low level laser therapy – uses targeted, non-thermal light to increase cell growth, reduce inflammation & swelling, and provide significant pain relief. It’s non-invasive, extremely safe, easy to apply, and has no side effects or pain. Cold laser therapy is also a great alternative to TENS therapy, ultrasounds, and acupuncture that is often used in sports medicine for both short term and long term relief from injuries.