TMJ Therapy – Los Gatos, CA
Make Jaw Pain a Thing of The Past
If your temporomandibular joint isn’t functioning the way it should, even the simple act of laughing, yawning, or enjoying a meal is difficult, which is no way to go through life. Dr. Diercks and Dr. Karamardian want to help you live life to the fullest, without jaw pain and discomfort, so we offer multiple types of TMJ therapy in Los Gatos to help your jaw joints function better. If you think you may suffer from temporomandibular disorder, or TMD, we can help! Contact us today to schedule a consultation.
Signs and Symptoms of TMJ Disorder
When your jaws hurt, it can be all you think about. And since TMD affects all the muscles around the joints, jaw pain may not be the only symptom you notice. Here are some other common signs of TMD:
- Clicking or popping on one or both sides
- Earaches or neck pain
- Locked jaw
- During a checkup, we may find damage to your teeth such as fractures, chips, or a flattening of the chewing surface (all of which are signs of clenching and grinding)
The Importance of Getting Treatment
Treatment is incredibly important for multiple reasons. First, it will get you out of pain, which is worthwhile in and of itself. Second, it will protect the joint from further damage and deterioration. Think of it the same way you would if you had problems with another joint such as a sprained ankle or knee injury - you would want to seek out treatment before continuing to walk on it to avoid further injury. It’s just as important to protect your TMJ by getting effective treatment.
And, last but certainly not least, TMD treatment in Los Gatos will prevent cracks, chips and other types of damage to your teeth, helping you avoid procedures such as dental crowns to repair them.
TMD Treatment Options
We offer two main options for TMJ therapy:
- Oral Appliances – Wearing either a nightguard or an occlusal splint offers a lot of relief for many people. Designed to reposition your jaws while you sleep, an oral appliance helps the muscles and joint function properly and reduces the tension in the TMJ. A nightguard also absorbs the force on your teeth to prevent chips, fractures, and other damage.
- Occlusal Adjustment – “Occlusal” refers to your bite and how your teeth come together. By making small adjustments to the chewing surfaces of your teeth, we can correct your bite, take the pressure off the TMJ, and reduce the likelihood that you’ll clench and grind.
To further reduce the inflammation and pain associated with TMD, we may recommend combining one of these therapies with stress management techniques, massage, applying a warm compress to the area, or the occasional use of anti-inflammatory medications.