What Is TMJ Therapy?
Oral Surgery Specialists of Pueblo is excited to offer a wide variety of treatment options for men and women who suffer from temporomandibular joint disorders or dysfunctions (TMJ/TMD). Temporomandibular joints are the structures or hinges that connect your jaw to the cheekbones on either side of your face. These joints are what also enable you to chew and open/close your mouth. When these jaw joints become inflamed or damaged due to overuse or a traumatic injury, temporomandibular joint disorder/dysfunction occurs (TMJ/TMD). This condition can be mild or severe and cause great discomfort when eating or opening your mouth. In some cases, it can also cause radiating neck pain or chronic migraines.
Our highly trained oral and maxillofacial specialists have advanced training in treating TMJ/TMD and its debilitating symptoms. We practice a comprehensive approach and utilize advanced diagnostic methods to evaluate your jaw and related pain to determine the ideal form of treatment to restore your jaw health and function. We create custom treatment plans for each patient that may include bite (occlusal) adjustments, night guard therapy, palliative care, jaw surgery, and BOTOX®. Typically, jaw surgery is only recommended in severe cases. Call our office in Pueblo, CO to schedule a consultation if you have been experiencing pain or poor jaw function.
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"My son had nothing but problems with one of his adult teeth since he was 7. First it was a cavity he had it filled then I was I was told that the dentist hadn't gotten all the cavity so they would have to fix it so they filled it again I was told the cavity was pretty deep so he would have sensitivity. He complained about it again I told him it was normal there was going to be some pain because they drilled deep it got to the point where he was crying over it and I knew it was more than tooth sensitivity so I took him back in and they said it was an infection they gave him some antibiotics and told me that would fix the problem. Two weeks later he was crying about it again so I took him back in he had another infection and they told me it was hurting cause the tooth on the bottom was pushing to hard into it so they ground it down and gave him more antibiotics and sent us on our way.6 months later he complained again we took him back in and they said it would be a good idea to do a root canal and refurred is to another dentist in Pueblo. I asked the same dentist why he had so many tooth infections and he told me that food was getting caught up under his tooth I asked him how do you prevent that from happy and he told me that you had to get all your yearly cleaning to prevent that. When we were refurred for a root canal I went to that doctor and I had been thinking what is a root canal going to do for his infections. That's what was causing pain so I talked to the dentist about pulling it and that a root canal was not going to fix his tooth in the long run and he said they don't pull adult teeth it causes issues in the long run. He refused to pull his tooth and sent me to an oral surgeon which is how I ended up at oral surgery specialists of Pueblo. I went in we had a consultation and he said there was no harm in pulling it. They pulled it and when he was done pulling it he informed me it was the right thing to do that the tooth had been dead for years and that I was right a root canal would not have fixed his issues it would have only made it a few years before having to have more tooth work done. He also informed me that his infections were due to them drilling so far down in his tooth that they trapped bacteria against the nerve and that was what was causing the infections. He was great with my son and stopped his 3 years of suffering and prevented another possible 2 years of suffering as well as a lot more money going to the dentist office for them trying to save that tooth thank you guys so much it was really spendy for getting a tooth pulled but thank you guys for being honest and helping him with his troublesome tooth ache."- S.H. / Google / May 12, 2022
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What Are the Symptoms of TMJ Problems?
The exact cause of TMJ/TMD is unclear but there are some factors that can contribute to this condition. Typically, these issues are induced by habitual teeth grinding or clenching (bruxism), chronic gum chewing or misaligned teeth. In some cases, a tumor in the jaw joint, arthritis, or genetics can lead to the rise of TMJ disorder/dysfunction. Regardless of the underlying cause or contributing factors, our skilled surgical team is here to help provide relief through quality oral care.
Our team will perform diagnostic tests to assess your condition and determine the best course of treatment. Sign and symptoms of TMJ/TMD may include difficulty or pain when opening and closing your mouth, jaw clicking or popping, discomfort when eating, pain that is isolated to your head, neck, or shoulders. Oftentimes, these symptoms do not dissipate without treatment, which is why it's important to seek care from a highly trained oral surgeon who is skilled in treating TMJ/TMD pain. Our Pueblo team can help ease your discomfort and restore your jaw health and function with customized oral care.
How Is TMD Diagnosed and Treated?
Our oral and maxillofacial specialists provide comprehensive care to each of our patients and will begin by performing a thorough examination of your jaw and discuss areas of discomfort during your initial consultation. We may conduct a serious of simple exercises such as having you open and close your mouth to determine the overall health and function of your jaw in addition to listening for clicking or popping as you move your mouth. During this time, we will assess your teeth to identify any signs or damage of teeth grinding/clenching and check your bite for any abnormalities. We will also gently feel the jaw joint and apply gentle pressure to the surrounding muscles to scan for any swelling or tenderness.
Once these initial tests are complete, we may conduct additional assessments such as digital x-rays, 3-D Cone Beam imaging, or an MRI in severe cases. Our team will review your results with you and discuss your treatment options. We offer an extensive list of treatments including night guards, palliative care, and corrective jaw surgery. We may also recommend BOTOX® injections or orthodontics to help with your TMJ/TMD pain.
What Can I Expect During TMJ Treatment?
In conjunction with your treatment, our oral surgeons will help educate you on practical techniques that can help dramatically improve your TMJ/TMD condition. Certain practices such as keeping to a soft food diet, using hot and/or cold compresses, and incorporating relaxation rituals to help ease stress can bring positive results. We also encourage our patients to avoid or limit their hard candy intake, gum and ice chewing or anything that will place unnecessary stress on your jaw joints and muscles. Other helpful methods may include jaw exercises and prescription medication to ease joint inflammation and facial pain.
Our office will schedule follow-up visits to monitor your progress and incorporate new solutions if needed. We will also work with your general dentist to maintain long-term assessment of your jaw function and bite. For this reason, it's important to maintain annual dental exams and cleanings as it will aid in your overall well-being. We are dedicated to discovering the appropriate form of treatment to help you achieve optimal jaw health and comfort.
IS TMJ Treatment Covered by Insurance?
Depending on your provider and specific insurance plan, coverage for TMJ/TMD treatments will differ. Our patient coordinator will contact your insurer to confirm your benefits prior to your initial appointment to estimate your costs. If you have limited coverage or are paying out-of-pocket, we are happy to work with you to help make your treatments more affordable. We accept many payment forms including financing with CareCredit® and offer flexible billing plans so our patients can get the TMJ/TMD care they need.
Specialized Jaw Pain Solutions
Temporomandibular joint disorder can cause a variety of unwanted symptoms and negatively impact your overall quality of life. With expert care from our seasoned team, your TMJ/TMD pain can be diagnosed and treated so you can regain optimal function and comfort. Contact Oral Surgery Specialists of Pueblo in Pueblo, CO to schedule an appointment with one of our skilled oral and maxillofacial surgeons today to learn about all your options. We are here to serve you.