At our practice, we’re looking to provide each of our patients with dental care that improves not only the quality of their smile, but the quality of their lifestyle! This means we’re dedicated to addressing any of your oral health concerns, including TMJ disorders.
TMJ Pain Relief
There are many benefits to choosing TMJ treatment from our office. Because your TMJ is so central to your daily talking and eating functions, damage in that joint can spread to many different parts of your body.
Treating TMJ disorders can relieve chronic pain in the jaw, head, neck, shoulders, and upper back—including relieving chronic headaches or migraines. Our treatment can also prevent dental damage, as TMJ disorders are often linked with bruxism, or teeth grinding and clenching.
Headache Relief With TMJ Treatment
There’s hardly any need to point out how a headache can be problematic. Minor headaches might end up a slight inconvenience, but major headaches can ruin your entire day!
Due to the constant stress put on your jaw, neck, and facial muscles, TMD can often lead to chronic headaches or migraines. For many patients, this results in a pounding headache, and few realize it is even related to their TMJ problems!
When you come to our office for TMD treatment, you may be able to find headache relief as well as relief to many other chronic pains throughout your face, neck, and shoulders.
What Causes TMJ Disorders?
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects your jaw with your skull. This joint allows you to move your jaw so that you can talk, chew, and yawn. Each TMJ has a disc between the ball and socket that cushions the load of the joint. Any issues with the joint and the muscles associated with it are TMJ disorders (TMD).
While some TMJ disorders have age-related or genetic components such as arthritis in the jaw, there are other factors. The constant “go, go, go” of modern life may contribute to an increase in TMD for many patients. From a dependency on our caffeine intake, work related stressors, to an unexpected inconvenience at home, these can all factor into whether we develop TMJ disorders.
The most common signs or causes of TMD—or TMJ disorders—are the following:
- Grinding or clenching the teeth.
- Movement of the disc between the ball and socket of the TMJ.
- Arthritis in the TMJ.
- Stress, which can cause you to tighten the muscles in the face and jaw.
TMJ Disorder Symptoms
Whether it be disc movement, arthritis, or stress, our dental team can provide the procedure necessary to address your TMJ concerns.
If you have any of the following symptoms, Dr. McKinley and Dr. McKinley-Holloway can provide TMJ treatment here in Shelby Township, Michigan:
- Pain in the face, jaw joint, neck and shoulders, or around the ear when you move your jaw.
- Issues when you open your mouth wide.
- Jaws that lock open or shut.
- Clicking sounds in the TMJ when you open or close your mouth.
- A sudden uncomfortable bite.
- Swelling on the side(s) of your face.
Get TMJ Treatment in Shelby Township, MI
Our dental team is dedicated to making sure each patient has the opportunity to learn what treatment suits their needs as well as their lifestyle. We’re proud to offer advanced dental technology that will assist in making every procedure you need as quick and comfortable as possible.
For TMJ disorders, the treatment and technology may lead to two options. Depending on your specific case, needs, and personal input during consultation, our dentists may recommend one of the following:
At our office, we use the Transcutaneous Electric Nerve Stimulation (TENS) unit to combat TMJ disorders. This high-quality technology uses electronic muscle therapy to provide pain relief and muscle tone. The TENS unit can also help us to diagnose your bite to determine which types of TMJ treatment will continue to work greatest for you.
Our dentists are also proud to utilize BEMER therapy (Bio Electro-Magnetic Energy Regulation) when treating TMJ disorders. This technology improves the blood flow of the patient, thus improving the health and mobility of the jaw. BEMER therapy has been found to have the following benefits for TMJ patients:
- Tension relief.
- Improved mobility.
- Improved sleep.
- Reduction or elimination of pain and muscle spasms.
- Reduction of teeth grinding.
- Stress reduction.
We want to help you get the pain and headache relief you need by treating your TMJ disorders. Why wait? There’s no need to delay and deal with any jaw pain or facial discomfort longer than necessary—call us today!
Find Tension and Headache Relief With TMJ Treatment Today!
If you are suffering from pain or discomfort due to TMJ related problems, call us today. We invite you to contact our office at 586-685-0880 to learn more about our TENS Unit or BEMER therapy. Schedule an appointment to take the first step towards pain relief, and get on the path to a better quality of life with TMJ treatment.