When most people think about dental issues, they often imagine maladies like cavities and gum disease. However, other conditions such as TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder), can not only impact a person’s smile but also cause a great deal of pain and distress.
TMD is a condition that impacts millions of people each year. The state is called TMJ (temporomandibular joint). TMD and TMJ are often used interchangeably to refer to the condition. Thankfully at the office of TMJ & Sleep Therapy of Utah, Dr. Cheyn Gunnerson and his team are prepared to offer their patients the latest TMJ treatment options.
Our temporomandibular joint is the hinge that connects the lower jaw to the skull. TMD happens when the jaw and surrounding muscles become dysfunctional. Once this happens, a patient will need immediate treatment to reduce discomfort and pain. The jaw can also become locked in either a closed or open position.
Dr. Gunnerson is pleased to offer their patients a range of solutions to help alleviate their TMD symptoms. TMJ Therapy treatment at TMJ & Sleep Therapy of Utah is a custom tailored treatment plan that generally lasts 12-14 weeks. A comprehensive exam utilizing technology such as joint vibration analysis, CBCT imaging, and MNRT testing shows an in-depth view of the jaw joints current function level. Therapy includes a unique combination of weekly checks and;
Orofacial myofunctional treatment consists of several exercises patients can use to strengthen and improve the mobility of many facial muscles, including those around the mouth. Patients would perform these exercises routinely until their TMJ begins functioning normally and they no longer feel pain or discomfort from TMD.
Our patients who experience mild to moderate TMD symptoms can discover lasting relief using an oral orthodontic device. When patients wear this custom-made mouthguard, it realigns the jaw and reduces many common symptoms connected to TMD, specifically pain.
This revolutionary alternative therapy is now available to treat TMD patients. Cold laser therapy uses the latest laser technology to emit light protons that penetrate deep into muscle tissue surrounding the joint, decreasing inflammation and providing nearly instant relief for patients suffering from chronic pain, such as headaches related to TMD.