Our Approach to treating TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction)
Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction Syndrome (TMJ) is a common condition affecting a wide variety of people. TMJ is characterized by severe headaches, jaw pain of varying degrees, grinding teeth, and an intermittent ringing in the ears.
The vast majority of TMJ sufferers are unaware that the root cause of these problems is something that Dr. Elliott can effectively treat.
Symptoms of TMJ
The symptoms of TMJ are debilitating and can greatly interfere with your everyday life.
The comfort and general well being of people are at the heart of Dr. Elliott's beliefs and core values. Pain relief is his first consideration with patients. Dr. Elliott is able to test, diagnose, and devise an immediate plan to treat the underlying causes of the Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) disorder.
Reasons for treating TMJ
TMJ sufferers report that their symptoms generally worsen during periods of prolonged or unexpected stress and that intense outbreaks of the condition can lead to neck pain and dizziness.
Bruxism is one of the most common causes of TMJ. The grinding teeth symptom is particularly common and usually occurs at night. The grinding will eventually erode the structure of the teeth and lead to much more severe dental problems in the future.
It is important for anyone experiencing the symptoms of TMJ to schedule an appointment with Dr. Elliott for an exact diagnosis.
How do you treat TMJ?
TMJ could be a result of several different problems. Bruxism is the most common, but an injury resulting from a blow to the meniscus cartilage is also a possibility.
Initially, Dr. Elliott will thoroughly examine the jaw area, the patient’s bite, x-rays, and review the patient’s history in order to make an accurate diagnosis and recommend necessary treatment.
Once Dr. Elliott can make a firm diagnosis, there are several ways in which relief can be provided. A specially molded bite guard can be created to stop teeth grinding during the night. A bite relationship analysis may be recommended by Dr. Elliott. He may also provide advice on relaxation techniques which will lessen the effects of stress. As a last alternative, the dentist is also able to prescribe muscle relaxants.
If you are experiencing any symptoms of TMJ, we encourage you to contact our office today at 859-371-4620 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Elliott.
Did you know?!
While Botox has been approved for medical and cosmetic use for many years, it was recently discovered that using Botox for TMJ disorders has become an interesting option.
TREATMENT FOR JAW PAIN AND TMJ
The temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, is used every day for talking, eating and other functions. This joint can be overworked or over-loaded, especially if you grind or clench your teeth. This can lead to pain and discomfort and like any other joint, the TMJ can develop arthritis.
The pain and discomfort affects the muscles that support the joint and that's where the Botox comes into play. By relieving the muscular pain, it may improve the function of this very active joint. According to the American Academy of Facial Esthetics, Botox treatment is considered an alternative therapy after more conservative options have not resulted in improvement of symptoms. Botox may eliminate the need for more invasive treatments like surgery.
Contact Dr. Elliott today at 859-371-4620 to discuss whether or not you are a candidate for Botox therapy for TMJ!
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