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TMJ Therapy
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Holistic TMJ Treatment at Greenberg Orthodontics

Dr. Greenberg is a holistic, neuro-muscular, non-invasive orthodontist who believes in the “less is best” approach to treatment. Dr. Greenberg firmly believes in treating the patient’s whole body and not just their teeth. Her goal is to “equilibrate the bite to equilibrate the body”.

With the understanding that each patient is different and presents with their own unique set of symptoms and lifestyle, the most important thing to do is to arrive at a proper diagnosis in order to determine the best treatment plan.

What is TMJ?

While you may have heard of TMJ, you may not know that it stands for temporomandibular joint, which is the place where your jaw connects to your skull and allows you to open and close your mouth. When you have an issue with TMJ, you can suffer from several side effects, including heachaches to problems opening your jaw all the way to painful clicking when you do. TMJ can turn into chronic pain, but it can be alleviated through TMJ Therapy. This kind of therapy actually includes different ways to treat your pain and improve function in your jaw so that you no longer suffer on a daily basis and need to rely on painkillers to make it through the day.

The temporomandibular joints are complex and delicate. They are the only ones in your body that both rotate and slide and also the only ones that have to work together. Your temporomandibular joints are also the busiest, working all day as you speak, yawn, laugh, sing or eat. If you grind your teeth, they also work all night! It’s no wonder that they may deteriorate.

Problems with your jaw joints and the muscles in your head, face, neck, and shoulders associated with their function are known as temporomandibular disorders or TMD.

Types of TMJ Therapy

SmileLase Therapy

The specific goal of SmileLase Therapy is to relieve jaw pain caused by TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder). We can achieve this relief by releasing the fascia, frenum, and the various muscle attachments of the face and mouth. One of the primary goals of this therapy is healing and reestablishing the various neurological pathways (the connective pathways between the body and brain) that were previously diminished or damaged as a result of force and trauma. SmileLase Therapy can aid in releasing tissue and by enhancing cellular movement, blood flow, and lymphatic drainage. Dr. Darick Nordstrom pioneered this technique with the singular goal of increasing the quality of life of his patients.

What Causes TMJ Disorders?

There are many reasons you may have pain in your jaw. Sometimes it is temporary, while other times it becomes chronic and begins to affect you on a daily basis.

A situational TMJ disorder might include a stressful work period during which you excessively grind or clench your teeth, which can cause inflammation in your joint. Many other times, TMJ disorders cause chronic pain that can become permanent without treatment. This can be caused by several reasons, including arthritis, cartilage recession, a misaligned jaw, or clenching and/or grinding your teeth at night (known as sleep bruxism).

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Benefits of TMJ Therapy

TMJ therapy is designed to restore full function to your jaw as well as eliminate pain. You will be able to fully open your mouth without worrying about dislocating your jaw. Treatment will also alleviate the migraines that often accompany a problem with your jaw and jaw joint.

Treatment also allows the doctor to see the underlying cause of your disorder, which can avert problems such as broken teeth or gum disease that can result from the inflammation and constant stress on your jaw. Moreover, the entire health of your mouth will improve with treatment and keep the condition from becoming permanent.

This Is How We Treat TMJ Disorders

We offer surgical-case results with non-surgical treatment by using our “Release and Settle Therapy™” for TMJ dysfunction. This procedure works well for athletes and singers as it improves the airway. The “Release Therapy™” is designed to alleviate pain within the first few weeks of treatment by releasing your lower jaw. The “Settle Therapy™” is designed to settle your bite into a more comfortable and natural position.

For more severe, chronic TMJ pain, we also combine our “Release and Settle Therapy™” with our BioLase/ OraLase laser Therapy to release your fascia, frenum and muscular attachments so that you can enjoy a greater quality of life.

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Your Consultation for TMJ Therapy

Dr. Greenberg believes in the “less is best” approach to treatment, with the understanding that each patient is different and presents with their own unique set of symptoms and lifestyle. The most important thing to do before attempting to treat TMJ is to arrive at a proper diagnosis. Many diagnosed cases of TMJ Disorder or Jaw Pain are severe and require more intensive treatment.

These cases may require fixing a jaw bite that is misaligned, or repositioning teeth that are causing an uneven bite. Dentofacial orthodontic devices may be recommended for treatment if it is deemed appropriate. Dr. Greenberg believes firmly in treating the whole patient and not just their mouths. She understands that each case is different, and that every patient comes in with their own unique set of difficulties and hopes for treatment. If you are struggling with Jaw Pain or TMJ Disorders, please don’t suffer another day! Dr. Vickie Greenberg uses her 25 years of specialization in dentofacial orthodontics, her compassion for care, and industry leading technology to design the best possible treatment plan for your health and happiness. Please call our office today to schedule a consultation and get you back to being as healthy and pain-free as possible!

Schedule Your Consultation with Dr. Greenberg

Pasadena TMJ Treatment Provider

Dr. Vickie Greenberg uses her 25 years of specialization in dentofacial orthodontics, her compassion for care, and industry-leading technology to design the best possible treatment plan for your health and happiness. Please call our office today to schedule a consultation and get you back to being as healthy and pain-free as possible!

TMJ FAQ

Is there a natural way I can treat TMJ until I see the dentist?

Absolutely. There are many different ways you can try to ease your pain. For example, you can eat soft foods, avoid chewing gum, avoid using your front teeth to bite, avoid opening your mouth more than a couple of inches, and use both sides of your mouth to chew. You should also use cold or warm compresses (depending on your type of pain) up to five times a day on your jaw. You can also gently massage your jaw to alleviate pressure as needed during your day.

How long does it take to correct a TMJ disorder?

The length of time to correct your disorder depends on its severity and the type of treatment you end up having for it. While you may stop feeling symptoms a few weeks after beginning treatment, it may actually take much longer than that for the underlying cause to heal. Make sure to talk to Dr. Greenberg about what you can expect during your specific treatment.

How much does it cost to get treatment for TMJ?

The price for your treatment will depend on what kind of treatment you get. This is because some only require a single appointment, while others can take much longer. Your treatment type will be chosen based on the cause of your TMJ disorder and how severe it is. Fortunately, dental insurance usually covers most, if not all, of the treatments used for TMJ disorders. If your insurance does not cover all or any of your treatment, or if you do not have insurance, make sure to ask about payment plans or even alternate forms of financing during your free consultation.

Greenberg Orthodontics & TMJ not only offers specialized care, but you can also first see if it’s the right choice for you by booking your FREE consultation. We offer these free consultations to get to know you and help ease your or your child’s fears about what it means to have ongoing dental treatments and how that can improve your overall quality of life.

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