Have you noticed headaches creeping up on you daily? Experienced pain or issues chewing at meal time? Maybe clicking when you move your jaw or even the inability to move it at all?
These could all be symptoms of Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD).
What is Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD)?
Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD) is a condition that appears when your temporomandibular joint isn’t functioning properly and begins to cause pain in your jaw. The joint connects your jawbone to your skull, so the pain you feel is typically centered around that area of the face.
Symptoms of TMD include:
- Jaw pain
- Lock jaw
- Clicking of the jaw when moved
- Difficulty chewing
- Ear pain
- Aching in your facial muscles
- Facial muscle spasms
If you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms, it is time to see Dr. Welch. She is a trained Diplomat with the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain and is an expert in crafting long-term treatment plans for those dealing with TMD.
Wright Parkway Dental Center TMD Treatment
Dr. Welch approaches treatment of TMD with the use of multiple therapies to provide lasting relief for her patients. One of the newest, state-of-the-art solutions for TMD pain is the use of low-level laser therapy, and we’ve seen great success in treating patients with this method. Utilizing an infra-red light, the laser is able to deeply penetrate the tissue during a quick, non-invasive procedure that is not painful and can be used on all ages. The procedure enhances blood flow, which enhances collagen production and cell growth, along with reducing inflammation from the irritated joints, speeding up recovery in no time at all.
We utilize therapies like the low-level laser therapy to provide holistic treatment options that are non-invasive and highly effective, enhancing quality of life and ensuring you can live pain-free without continued medications.
If you think you could be suffering from TMJ disorder, call our office today at (850) 243-1534 to schedule a consultation. Dr. Welch and her team of skilled dental practitioners will carefully help you discover which treatment option is best for you.