Once we’ve figured out the type of your TMJ, we can recommend a treatment that will be effective and enduring for you. Some of the common treatments we use are:
- Periodic TENS massage
- Bite splint
- Full mouth reconstruction
- BOTOX ® Injection
Muscle tension is the most common type of TMJ. Sometimes, this can be resolved with nothing more than intermittent massages with TENS (transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation). Other times, we achieve muscle relaxation with targeted BOTOX ® injections.
If bite problems are causing TMJ, we can sometimes resolve them with coronoplasty. In this procedure, we remove a little bit from some teeth to make them fit together better.
A misaligned jawbone or teeth can be the cause of your TMJ. In this case, full mouth reconstruction can help resolve your jaw pain. A full mouth reconstruction not only improves the appearance of your smile, but also the overall function of your mouth by replacing several or more teeth.
Dental implants are a great option to replacing missing teeth in Spokane Valley, as dental implants are surgically inserted into your jawbone. Implants function like your natural teeth, and they can help to restore the alignment of your jaw. Dental implants also stimulate your gums and jawbone, which helps to retain bone.
Orthodontics may be included as part of your full mouth reconstruction plan to treat your TMJ. Teeth aligners such as Invisalign in Spokane Valley are a quicker option for a straighter smile compared to their metal braces counterparts. These clear, plastic aligners use force over time to reshape your jawbone around your teeth. Not only can this improve the aesthetics of your mouth, but it can also relieve jaw issues such as TMJ.
A less-commonly known TMJ treatment is BOTOX ® Injection – which can help to ease jaw pain caused by muscle tension. BOTOX ® is most commonly used for aesthetic reasons, such as to remove fine lines and wrinkles. While it does relax the muscles that cause wrinkles, it also relaxes the muscles that can cause jaw pain and migraine headaches.