TMJ disorders (TMD) can become quiet debilitating. There are several symptoms involved with TMD and it's important to have the correct diagnosis before beginning any medication or treatment. Dr. Konig can help determine the cause behind your TMJ pain and offer the most advanced and comprehensive treatments available.
There are many muscles involved in the movement of your facial features and sometimes they don't interact correctly. Everyone has two temporomandibular joints (TMJ) on either side of their jaw. These joints work together to ensure your jaw moves up, down and side to side.
When your jaw joints don't connect properly, you can experience these TMJ symptoms and more:
- Neck aches
- Headaches or migraines
- Ear pain
- Shoulder pain
- Ringing ears
- Lock jaw
- Clicking or popping sounds in your jaw
- Pain when you try to speak, chew or open and close your mouth
If you have unexplained headaches or any of the symptoms mentioned above, please contact Dr. Konig in Houston at (713) 668-2289 to talk about your diagnosis and TMJ treatment options. Our dentist provides cosmetic and comprehensive dentistry to patients in Houston, Katy, Sugar Land and The Woodlands, Texas.
Phase 1: Treating Your Pain
After your diagnosis, Dr. Konig will help you identify which TMJ treatments may work best for you. The initial portion of your treatment plan focuses on stopping your pain. Our office offers these pain relief options:
- Ultra Low Frequency TENS. This form of TMJ therapy is used to relax your head and neck muscles while measuring the activity and movement of your TMJ muscles and jaw.
- Iontophoresis. Used for pain reduction, Iontophoresis involves using an electric current to transfer pain-alleviating medications through your skin. This treatment offers the advantage of delivering higher dosages of pain medicine with less detrimental side effects.
- Moist Heat. You can use a moist, warm towel or wrap a damp cloth around a heating pad in order to induce muscular relaxation.
- Myofunctional Therapy. This muscle therapy re-trains your tongue and corrects your swallow.
- Pharmacologic Agents. Analgesia or anti-inflammatory medications can often reduce or eliminate your TMJ pain.
- Physical Therapy. Dr. Konig can teach you muscle exercises to reduce the stress on your jaw and increase your range of motion. This can involve functional exercises to support opposing muscle groups as well.
- Pain Release Splint (PRS). Splint therapy for TMJ Disorder helps cushion your TMJ. PRS allows your ligaments and muscles to relax or loosen which can lessen your pain.
- Neuromuscular Oral Orthotic. A clear, hard plastic mouth guard that fits on your lower teeth and situates your jaw in the ideal position to function properly.
- Cervical Therapy. This TMJ treatment therapy can relieve the pain located in your neck that often comes with TMD.
Phase 2: Correcting Your TMJ Movement & Function
Once your pain is under control, Dr. Konig will then focus on the culprit behind the problem. Fixing the underlying cause is a vital aspect of your treatment plan. Our office in Houston offers these treatments to improve the function of your jaw:
- Occlusal equilibration. This treatment will help even your bite and relieve the physical stress on your muscles.
- Implant Dentistry. Prosthetic crowns and bridges can help even your bite and replace missing teeth. Dental implants can also strengthen and heighten your teeth — This can stop the stress on your jaw that leads to pain.
- Orthopedic Appliances. An orthopedic repositioning appliance or oral orthotic are also available options. These are worn long-term on top of your natural teeth and allow muscles to reach a relaxed position.
- Orthodontics. This includes traditional braces or Invisalign® to move your teeth into their desired position and alleviate your pain while giving you straight, healthy teeth.
If you've been diagnosed with TMJ disorder or are experiencing any TMD symptoms, please contact Dr. Konig in Houston at (713) 668-2289 today to schedule your initial consultation. Our office provides experienced neuromuscular dentistry to patients in Houston, Katy, Sugar Land and The Woodlands, Texas.