TMJ Therapy in Bixby, OK
Are you suffering from TMJ disorder?
TMJ refers to your temporomandibular joint, located in your jaw. This joint is extremely important because it connects the lower part of your jaw to your skull and facilitates chewing, speaking, and smiling.
Unfortunately, it has been known to be sensitive to many issues, which experts call TMJ disorders. The main problem caused by this disorder is severe pain and clicking or popping of the jaw. The good news is that Dr. Jelsing is an experienced professional in diagnosing common TMJ problems – so she is here to help!
TMJ disorders can appear for many reasons, with teeth clenching, grinding, and trauma the primary causes. No matter the source of your disorder, our expert team is prepared to help you overcome jaw pain.
There is no magic treatment for TMJ disorders. Even though treatment can take some time to become effective, Dr. Jelsing will do everything in her power to help you live a healthier life without jaw pain.
I had a great experience at this practice. The staff is friendly and helpful. You can tell they genuinely care about your health and want to provide you with great care.
Neil C. (Spartan Patient)
If you suspect you have TMJ, Dr. Jelsing will first evaluate your jaw and confirm an accurate diagnosis. She’ll then discuss your options and her professional recommendations.
When you are happy to move forward, we’ll begin by relieving any muscle spasms and joint pain. We do so by using prescribed medications like pain relievers or muscle relaxants. The next step is asking you to rest your jaw by eating soft foods, applying ice, and exercising your jaw. Dr. Jelsing uses these stress management techniques to see how your jaw responds.
If the pain remains, she’ll combine them with splint therapy. A splint appliance is similar to a nightguard because it keeps your teeth apart and promotes jaw relaxation in your jaw muscles.
There are other appliances that can help too:
- Nightguards: Designed to prevent teeth grinding in your sleep
- Anterior positioning appliance: Moves your jaw forward to relieve pressure and align your disk
- Orthotic stabilization appliance: Moves and holds your jaw into the correct position
If your TMJ disorder is severe, Dr. Jelsing may recommend bite correction. This treatment path involves options such as orthodontics, jaw reconstruction, and restorative dental work. In more extreme cases, we may also advise surgical options, including arthroscopy and open joint repair restructuring.