Can a Dentist Really Help TMJ?

If you’re wondering if a dentist can really help TMJ, the answer is “yes”.  With the latest technology, including Digital Occlusal Analysis called Tscan, a dentist can detect occlusal disease.  Occlusal disease is the destructive process that results from a bite in which the teeth are misaligned.  An uneven bite causes strain in the jaw muscles, which ultimately leads to discomfort, pain and TMJ (Temporomandibular joint disorder).

Can a dentist really help TMJ

What is TMJ?

On each side of your head is a temporomandibular joint.  These joints attach the lower jawbone to the skull.  When the jaw is correctly aligned, it works like a well-oiled machine but when the jaw is misaligned, it not only impacts the joints themselves but the nerves, muscle groups, and blood vessels that surround it.  Pain that starts in the jaw can resonate throughout the body causing headaches, vertigo, neck and upper back pain, numbness, and many other issues.

TMJ Treatment

What makes Dr. Abeyta and her team so unique is that they never take a one-size-fits-all approach to TMJ. There are many factors that can contribute to TMJ.  The first step is to find out the cause.  The second step is to create an individualized treatment plan that might include:

  • 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.
  • 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.

TMJ treatment will have you feeling better and living better so that you can take part in this summer’s most enjoyable events, like picnics and hiking.

To learn more about TMJ and treatment options schedule your appointment today with Dr. Abeyta at (505) 293-7611, or Contact us by email.