TMJ Treatment – What Are Your Options?
Dr. Abeyta will determine the origin of your pain through a series of diagnostic tests. She uses the latest technology to including Digital Occlusal Analysis called Tscan. This state of the art digital software helps detect occlusal disease to aid in treating and protecting the jaw and teeth from unbalanced forces and destruction.
There are many factors that can contribute to TMJ disorder which can include neurological, skeletal, and muscular components. Many times undiagnosed Sleep Apnea is a significant contributor to chronic pain in the TMJ. With this information, TMJ symptoms can be more easily controlled with proper diagnosis and follow up. Dr. Abeyta will screen for breathing airway issues that are of concern and educate you about your options.
TMJ relief can include many modalities.
• TMJ Botox Trigger Point Therapy
The muscles of the head and neck can be overworked and tense from TMJ dysfunction. Botox is a safe method that helps to relieve chronic muscle head and neck pain along with chronic headaches.
• Occlusal Guard Therapy
An appliance that fits over the teeth to protect the teeth from excessive wear and repositions the jaw into a comfortable and stable position to allow for proper blood flow into the joint to allow repair and healing.
• Occlusal Equilibration therapy
Through a series of visits, the occlusal (chewing and biting) surfaces of the teeth are meticulously altered in shape to meet predetermined criteria of an ideal occlusion (bite).
• Myofunctional Therapy
Treatment for disorders of the muscles and functions of the face and mouth. It is characterized by an abnormal lip, jaw, or tongue position during rest, swallowing, or speech.
• TMJ Acupuncture Therapy
Addressing whole body needs, this form of treatment incorporates Oriental Medicine to reduce inflammation and balance the mind, body, and spirit.