If you regularly experience morning headaches, jaw pain, or difficulty chewing, consider TMJ treatment. At Pierce Robotics in Beverly Hills, California, Sean Pierce, DDS, offers several types of TMJ treatment, including Botox® injections, 3-D printed nightguards, and physical therapy. To make an appointment at the Los Angeles area practice, call the office to speak with a friendly staff member or click the online booking tool.
TMJ is a chronic condition that affects the temporomandibular joints. These joints connect your jaw to your skull, allowing you to bite, chew, and speak.
Sometimes the temporomandibular joints become stiff, resulting in pain and discomfort. Common causes of TMJ include arthritis, oral trauma, and genetics.
Common symptoms of TMJ include:
If you have TMJ, you might also experience popping or clicking sounds when you open your mouth to speak or yawn.
TMJ treatment refers to a group of procedures that help manage jaw pain, headaches, and other related issues. Although there’s no cure for TMJ, thanks to advances in oral health care, it’s possible to minimize symptoms and improve your quality of life.
Dr. Pierce offers several types of TMJ treatment, including:
Botox is a neuromodulator traditionally used to improve the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. It’s also effective at managing TMJ. Once Botox enters your body, it helps the muscles in your jaw relax. That relaxation eases muscle tension, limiting inflammation, and allowing for a full range of motion.
A night guard is a custom oral appliance that alters the position of your jaw during sleep. To ensure your night guard fits perfectly, Dr. Pierce takes a series of digital impressions. Then, he sends your impressions to a dental laboratory that uses them to craft a custom 3D-printed oral appliance.
If Botox or a night guard isn’t enough to provide significant relief, Dr. Pierce might prescribe pain medication. The type of medication that will most benefit you depends on your age, symptoms, and treatment goals.
Sometimes a combination of treatments is necessary to relieve TMJ pain. Physical therapy uses a combination of at-home exercises and stretches to release tension, encourage movement, and ease the pain.
Anyone who regularly experiences TMJ-related symptoms like jaw pain, morning headaches, or difficulty biting and chewing can benefit from TMJ treatment. Following an oral exam and a discussion of your symptoms, Dr. Pierce can make recommendations that align with your budget and needs.
To learn more about TMJ treatment, make an appointment at Pierce Robotics by calling the office to speak with a caring administrative staff member or by clicking the online booking tool.