TMJ Treatment in Tulsa
Tempromandibular joint disorders affect millions of Americans each year - are you one of them?
Are You Experiencing Jaw Pain?
The TMJ (temporomandibular joint) is located in your jaw. It connects the lower part of the jaw to your skull but has been known to be vulnerable to many issues. TMJ disorders relate to these issues and can exhibit themselves through pain, clicking, or popping. The good news is that Dr. Jelsing has the knowledge and experience to diagnose common TMJ problems.
TMJ disorders may develop for many reasons such as the clenching or grinding of your teeth. This puts stress on the jaw joint and can wear down the muscle. Another common cause is trauma, which can damage or overly stretch the muscle ligaments in the joint. Whatever the cause, our team of experts is here to help you overcome your jaw pain.
Unfortunately, no one treatment can resolve TMJ disorders completely and treatment takes time to become effective. However, your Tulsa dentist, Dr. Jelsing, can help you have a healthier and more comfortable jaw.
- Sore or stiff jaw muscles
- Frequent headaches or neck aches
- Pain when clenching your teeth
- Clicking or popping of the jaw
- Pain when eating or yawning
- A misaligned bite
- Teeth sensitivity
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Find a Cure with Dr. Jelsing
Before any treatment takes place, Dr. Jelsing will, first of all, evaluate your jaw and confirm a diagnosis of TMJ disorder (TMD). She next discusses the ideal course of treatment with you and explains the importance of a team approach i.e. self-care and in-office professional care.
In order to make the best possible progress, we begin by relieving muscle spasm and joint pain. This is accomplished using medication such as pain relievers or a muscle relaxant. We then ask you to rest your jaw, eat soft foods, apply ice, and exercise your jaw. These stress management techniques work in unison with splints. A splint is similar to a night guard and keeps your teeth apart, thereby relaxing the muscles.
In addition to splints, there are other appliances that can help:
- Nightguards – prevents teeth grinding in your sleep
- Anterior positioning appliance – moves the jaw forward to relieve pressure and align your disk
- Orthotic stabilization appliance – moves your jaw into the correct position
If your TMJ has caused more severe problems, then Dr. Jelsing may recommend bite correction or surgery. This involves options such as orthodontics, jaw reconstruction, and restorative dental work. We may also advise you about surgical options including arthroscopy and open joint repair restructuring.