TMJ/TMD Treatment Park City, UT
For about 5 years I had become accustomed to suffering tension headaches, jaw joint pain, jaw clicking, back pain and trouble sleeping. When attempting to eat, I could barely open my mouth wide enough and would experience intense pain in my right jaw and ear. I met with Dr. Paul Peterson and his team for a consultation and was surprised that the issue all stemmed from having a misaligned jaw. After the first appliance was set, I started to see results within 3 days and completely pain free after 3 months. The quality of life being pain free is amazing! I don’t have to worry about feeling pain while eating or feeling anxious about another pain filled, sleepless night. Dr. Peterson and team were friendly, professional, knowledgeable and honest; I highly recommend them.
What is the temporomandibular joint (TMJ)?
Your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint on each side of your head that connects your jaw to your skull. This joint allows you to perform important functions such as talking and chewing.
What is temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD)?
Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) occurs when your TMJ is misaligned. The symptoms of TMD often seem unrelated to, or not associated with, your jaw. In severe cases, TMD can result in serious pain that impacts your daily life.
What are the symptoms of TMD?
If you suffer from TMD, you may experience one or more of the following symptoms:
- Frequent headaches — the main contributor of most headaches is muscle tension, generally stemming from a bite problem
- Ear pain
- Ear congestion, trouble clearing ears at altitude
- Tinitis (Ear ringing)
- Limited jaw movement
- Jaw or facial pain
- Uneven bite
- Neck, shoulder, or back pain
- Jaw clicking, locking, or popping
- Difficulty chewing
- Dizziness or vertigo
What is the cause of TMJ disorders?
TMJ disorders occur when your jaw becomes misaligned. There are many possible causes of TMD, including:
- Poor dental work
- Trauma to the mouth
- Genetics (arthritis, degenerative joint disease)
- Worn teeth from grinding
- Extracted teeth during orthodontics
What are my options for TMJ treatment?
The field of neuromuscular dentistry has over 40 years of research and development making it possible to effectively treat TMJ problems and their symptoms. If you are suffering from TMD, Park City neuromuscular dentist Dr. Peterson has extensive experience with these types of problems and may recommend the following treatments to relieve your pain and related symptoms:
- Individualized bite analysis
- Custom bite repositioning appliance for your teeth (an orthotic, not a common night guard)
- Bite reconstruction
- Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) to promote healing
- SpenoCath (SPG nerve block)
- Trigger point injections
- Anti-inflammatory medications
Dr. Peterson will make a recommendation for your TMJ treatment based on your unique oral health issues, the set of symptoms you display, and the level of pain you experience on a daily basis.
If you believe you may be suffering from TMD or some other neuromuscular dentistry-related disorder, please contact our Park City neuromuscular dentistry office today to schedule your initial exam and consultation. Dr. Peterson serves patients in Salt Lake City and Park City, Utah.
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