TMJ/TMD Therapy in Madison
What is TMJ?
If your bite is misaligned – meaning when you close your mouth and put your upper and lower teeth together, they do not ‘fit’ – then the facial muscles you use for chewing and swallowing are not properly supported. The result of this misalignment is an entire system of nerves, teeth, muscles, and bones being locked in an involuntary tug of war that causes you increasing discomfort and pain. If you are regularly suffering from any of the following symptoms, you may have TMJ:
- Migraines and Stress Headaches
- Earaches or Ringing in the Ears
- Stiffness in the Neck and Shoulders
- Teeth Clenching and Grinding (Bruxism)
- Worn, Chipped, or Cracked Teeth
- Pain or Soreness of the Jaw or Face
- Clicking, Grating or Locking in the Jaw Joints
TMJ Treatment and Diagnosis
TMJ therapy begins with a thorough examination, including a diagnosis utilizing our K-7 scanning unit. This advanced diagnostic tool allows us to develop three-dimensional images of your jaw and provides data that indicates if your jaw joint is damaged and to what extent. This specialized information helps define your customized TMJ treatment plan, which may include a custom orthotic appliance, TENS therapy, and restorative treatments such as a full-mouth rehabilitation.
The Transcutaneous Electrical Neural Stimulation, or TENS, unit is a system Dr. Gyurina uses for TMJ treatment. Delivering small electrical impulses to the muscles responsible for jaw movement, TENS therapy is totally painless. This machine causes the jaw muscles to relax allowing increased blood flow, which flushes toxins and lets the muscles resettle into their natural positions.
Complete Care for Your Oral Health
It's amazing to see how interconnected our teeth, gums, and jaw are with the rest of our bodies. From the many symptoms of TMJ to the bane of sleep apnea to links between gum disease and conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and premature birth; oral health is vital to the health of the body as a whole.
Dr. Gyurina, Dr. Steiner, and their team are dedicated to providing complete care for your entire mouth and, by extension, your overall health and comfort. Our broad set of skills and state-of-the-art facility allow us to treat a huge range of oral health issues. Our extensive cosmetic dentistry services can provide you with a smile you will be able to flash with confidence.
Whether you need TMJ treatment or teeth whitening or a good dental cleaning, come visit Oak Park Dental for unparalleled dental care in a comfortable, friendly environment. We are proud to serve the communities of Madison, Middleton, Verona, Oregon, and Monona. Contact us today to make an appointment.