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What is TMJ?
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the hinge that connects your jaw to your skull, allowing you to open and shut your mouth, move your jaw from side to side, and chew. When you have a TMJ disorder (commonly called TMJ), your jaw hinge doesn’t open smoothly or easily. You may feel a grating sensation, hear pops or cracks, or have pain when you open your jaw.
Because your jaw is a joint with many types of structures — including bones, joint capsules, tendons, ligaments, and muscles — TMJ pain doesn’t have a single cause. Your TMJ may be caused by jaw tension, arthritis or another disorder, or trauma.
Treatments for TMJ
Treating TMJ Pain
At The Dentist Lounge, we take a comprehensive approach to treating TMJ pain. Our skilled practitioners utilize a holistic approach, considering not only the symptoms but also the underlying causes of your condition. By addressing the root causes, we aim to provide long-term relief and improve your overall well-being.
Our range of treatments for TMJ pain includes joint mobilization, trigger point therapy, myofascial release, and jaw exercises. These methods help to alleviate muscle tension, improve jaw mobility, and reduce pain. In addition, we may recommend lifestyle modifications, stress management techniques, and dietary adjustments to support your healing process.
When you choose our dental office in Santa Monica for treating TMJ pain, you can expect compassionate care and a personalized treatment plan tailored to your unique needs. Our team will guide you through the process, answering any questions you may have and ensuring your comfort throughout.
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TENS unit for TMJ
The TENS device consists of adhesive electrode patches that Dr. Larbi attaches to your jaw at the hinge and to other areas where your TMJ pain may radiate, such as your neck. The electrodes deliver low-voltage electrical currents that block the nerves in your jaw from transmitting pain sensations to your brain.
Instead of pain, your brain feels the pleasant, tingling, massage-like sensations of the TENS current. Your nerve pathways can only transmit one type of sensation at a time, so the sensation of the TENS treatment overrides the sensation of pain. The TENS current also stimulates your body to produce endorphins, which dull pain and create a sense of wellbeing.
By overriding pain signals, the TENS treatment may also allow your jaw muscles to relax, instead of clenching against the pain. Relaxed jaw muscles, in turn, could lessen the degree of stress and tension in your jaw, and reduce your TMJ pain.
How to use TENS at home
After Dr. Larbi shows you how to attach the TENS electrodes to relieve your TMJ pain, she also calibrates your device so that you can use it at home, whenever you need it. The TENS device is small, portable, and battery-powered.
Depending on the degree of relief you feel with TENS, you may not need any other pain-related treatments. Many patients cut back on or completely eliminate medications they were taking for TMJ before TENS. However, TENS doesn’t correct structural problems in your jaw, so you may still need to wear a splint or bite guard.
Now that you’ve heard about all-natural TENS for TMJ, contact us today about getting nonsurgical, non-pharmaceutical relief for your jaw pain. Call our team today, or use the online contact form.
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Benefits of TMJ Treatment
Here are the top five benefits of getting a TMJ treatment at our dental facility in Santa Monica:
Relieve Jaw Pain and Discomfort
The primary reason to receive TMJ treatment is to relieve your lower jaw pain and discomfort. TMJ disorders may cause numerous unpleasant symptoms, such as aches and pains in your jaw joints and muscles. TMJ treatment works to stop these symptoms from persisting any further.
Eat Your Favorite Foods Again
TMJ treatments will allow you to chew and eat your favorite foods again without any more pain and discomfort. Your jaw problems will no longer stop you from eating and staying nourished. That will significantly improve your physical health on top of your oral health.
Protect Your Teeth
Chronic teeth grinding and clenching will cause your teeth to become smaller over time. Then you’ll need to spend money to extract the teeth and replace them with dentures or implants. If your TMJ disorder makes it challenging to stop grinding and clenching your teeth, TMJ treatments can help you stop chronically grinding and clenching your teeth. Once you stop, you can preserve and protect your teeth from getting smaller.
Improve Your Sleep
Jawbone pain will no longer keep you up at night if you receive TMJ treatment. As a result, you can finally enjoy undisturbed sleep and wake up feeling refreshed and happy each day.
No More Digestive Issues
When TMJ treatment reduces jawbone pain and restores your chewing abilities, it will also positively affect your digestive health. Then you’ll no longer experience as many digestive issues, such as gas, constipation, and bloating.