TMJ Therapy in Kittanning and Pittsburgh
Relieve Your Chronic Jaw Pain and Headaches
Do you frequently wake up with a sore jaw or headaches? Does your jaw constantly pop, click, or even stick when you try to open or close it? If you answered yes, you may be experiencing something called temporomandibular dysfunction (TMD). This refers to strained or injured jaw joints, called the temporomandibular joints (TMJ). Just like any joint in the body, it can often be a source of pain. Fortunately, Dr. Voller can diagnose and treat the condition right in his office. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms we mentioned earlier, don’t hesitate to start treatment and call us today.
Your occlusion refers to how your teeth fit together. For your jaw to come together properly each tooth needs to interlock with one another. Issues with the TMJ or your teeth can easily throw this off, leading to a multitude of problems. With an occlusal adjustment, Dr. Voller will use a variety of treatments to restore this delicate balance and alignment. It may involve treating your TMJ, or modifying your teeth so they fit together better.
Treatment with TENS
One of the most advanced ways to address TMJ muscle pain is with a device called a Transcutaneous Electrical Neural Stimulation, or TENS. It delivers extremely small electronic impulses directly to the strained muscles responsible for jaw movement. This relaxes the muscles and increases blood flow to the area, flushing out harmful toxins. After less than an hour, the muscles should naturally put themselves into a more functional alignment. It is one of the most efficient ways to help relieve common TMD symptoms.
Botox for TMJ Therapy
Botox provides an extremely quick method to get relief from TMD related problems. Dr. Voller can use a few injections to directly apply it to the muscles that are constantly clenching and tensing. This will paralyze the muscles, but will still allow you to have a full range of motion with your face. The treatment itself only takes a few minutes, but the results can easily last for several months.