Living with TMJ Disorder
Misalignment or inflammation of the temporomandibular joint can cause a large variety of jaw problems. Dr. McMillen has the know-how to treat your TMJ disorder and relieve the frustrating and uncomfortable symptoms you are experiencing.
Those who suffer from TMJ disorders are often familiar with undesirable symptoms such as:
- Frequent headaches and migraines
- Facial, neck, and shoulder pain
- Tight or sore muscles in the regions of the face and jaw
- Pain in the jaw joint
- Jaw clicking and popping
- Jaw locking (getting stuck opened or closed)
- Nausea and dizziness
- Blurred vision
- Numbness or tingling in the extremities
- Discomfort while chewing
- Earaches and ringing in ears (tinnitus)
These symptoms distract and disable you in your daily life. McMillen Orthodontics offers TMJ therapy to treat your symptoms and get you back to your normal life and habits. The therapeutic methods that we offer are gentle and comfortable. Dr. McMillen can work with you on exercises that will strengthen your jaw and relieve your discomfort. He will recommend easy at-home methods to lower your pain on a daily basis, whenever you are in need of extra relief.
Other TMJ therapy methods include radio wave therapy. In a radio wave therapy treatment, radio waves are sent to the joint to increase the blood flow in the area. Increased blood flow will result in a better-functioning mouth and lowered pain levels. Low-level laser therapy is also available. The use of lasers decreases inflammation, freeing up your joints and muscles and allowing you to move more easily and feel more comfortable. Your dentist can also recommend night guards or medications to improve TMJ disorder.
If your life is being affected by any of the symptoms listed above, come see Dr. McMillen for a TMJ examination and consultation. At McMillen Orthodontics, we will create a TMJ therapy plan tailored to meet your needs.