Your TMJ, or temporomandibular joint, is critical to the proper function of your jaw. When your TMJ has problems, which are likely linked to bruxism, arthritis, physical trauma, or a bad bite, you may suffer from various symptoms. You may have TMJ disorder, or TMD, if you suffer from any of the following effects:
- Pain in jaw area
- Pain in facial muscles
- Ringing in ears
- Popping in the jaw
- Frequent headaches and migraines
Unfortunately, estimates show that 1 in 4 people suffer from TMD. You don’t want the quality of your life to be affected by TMJ pain. Good news: Dr. Tony Bare is well-qualified to treat TMD. Dr. Bare completed a residency at the University of Kentucky in Orofacial Pain, and has achieved diplomate status from the American Board of Orofacial Pain.
Effective Treatment for TMJ
Dr. Bare is aware of several ways to alleviate your TMJ symptoms and improve your life. First, visit Dr. Bare for a diagnosis. He can learn more about your personal symptoms, the potential causes, and the best treatments. He can educate you about how to control your TMJ pain at home and discuss your options with you. He can also prescribe custom-fit oral devices to be worn at night to treat your TMJ, and tweak your bite with restorative dentistry to restore your smile without realigning and destressing your TMJ.
Some of the other TMJ treatment methods Dr. Bare has studied include trigger point and spray and stretch. Trigger point involves your masseter muscle, or your primary chewing muscle. This muscle frequently contributes to TMJ, and Dr. Bare can locate it and use an advanced massage technique to relax it. In spray and stretch, Dr. Bare will use a topical skin refrigerant on the affected area. This will remove pain and promote a fuller range of motion.
Give us a call today for a diagnosis and treatment from Dr. Bare. We are eager to make your life pain-free.