Relieve Jaw Pain & Headaches with TMJ Treatment in Ballwin
Dr. Drew Link: TMJ, or temporomandibular joint disorder, is where you've got real discomfort or sometimes even not discomfort but just you notice something's off with your joint when you're eating, when you wake up first thing in the morning. And through a couple different avenues, we are able to really help patients in a noninvasive manner.
So we partner with some physical therapists at Washington University School of Medicine, and we'll refer patients to them to help address some of the overarching postural-related issues that might be leading to your jaw being sore. When I started the training with the physical therapy program, I thought, “Why would that have anything to do with my jaw? This isn't really making sense to me,” and then I went through the seminar, talked to the team of physical therapists, and you really begin to appreciate how so much and, just like anything, the body's all interrelated. So if we can help address some of our daily activities, patients are amazed at how it can affect your jaw. And it's a fantastic option for patients that's nonsurgical, it's noninvasive. We work on a referral basis with those physical therapists, and they do their utmost to see you and give you the tools you need to improve yourself so that you don't have to keep seeing them every couple months, every year, every couple years. Two, three times and you're given the skill set to actually help address things, almost in like a holistic fashion.
In addition to that, we also offer oral appliances to help address some of the underarching concerns with the joint. So our special NTI night appliances help readdress how we're wearing on the joint and try and redistribute pressures that we might be putting on our joint without even realizing it to help take care of that. Because the TMJ or the jaw's just like a knee, just like an elbow. It ages as we age, and at certain times of life, if we're not treating it correctly, we can help it out so that you're comfortable and confident and not in discomfort, and not to the point where you can't open your mouth as much or you can't chew.
So I think really in combination of our dental appliances, the fantastic physical therapists at Wash U's med school, we're really able to offer more to patients than we were before.
Our dentists will treat you with an oral appliance or similar device that will:
- Relieve pressure on your joints so they can heal
- Eliminate headaches and other unpleasant TMJ symptoms
- Protect you from the destructive effects of teeth grinding, a habit often linked to TMJ disorders
- Make it possible for you to use your jaw without pain for activities like eating
- Prevent pain from spreading from your jaw to other areas of your body
If you think you may have a TMJ disorder, call 636-496-8584.
Find the Right Treatment for Your TMJ Disorder
Many dentists suggest a custom-made oral appliance to relieve TMJ pain. We certainly do, as many of our patients find relief with one. However, we find it can also be helpful to correct a misaligned bite with orthodontics since bite problems can worsen TMJ disorders. Many TMJ patients also suffer from sleep apnea. If that’s true in your case, we’ll treat your sleep apnea symptoms with an oral appliance that helps you breathe easily during the night.
We can relieve headaches, whether or not they are related to a TMJ disorder, with a device called the NTI. The first non-drug method approved by the FDA for treating migraines, many people find it easier to wear than other mouthguards because it covers your front teeth only.
See Us If You Have TMJ Symptoms
A painful jaw is a common TMJ symptom, but it’s not the only one. You may also experience:
- Facial tenderness, especially around your jaw
- Difficulty opening and closing your jaw
- Unexplained earaches
- Frequent headaches
- Tension and/or pain in your neck and shoulders
If you have jaw pain that won’t go away, visit The DentaLink to see if TMJ treatment in Ballwin will help. Call us at 636-496-8584 to schedule an appointment.