TMJ Treatments and Therapies

Dentists Serving Patients in Sarasota, Venice, Bradenton & Nearby Areas of Florida

In order to evaluate your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and determine whether you might be suffering from TMD (Temporomandibular Dysfunction), our Smile Centre dentists in Venice and Sarasota use advanced technology to pinpoint the cause of your symptoms.

If you believe you might be suffering from TMD/TMJ, please contact The Smile Centre online or call our offices directly to book an appointment with one of our Florida dentists: (941) 351-4468 in Sarasota or (941) 497-5451 in Venice.

Our doctors are experienced neuromuscular dentists.  If you are in pain, we will develop a treatment plan for you that provides relief and helps prevent future problems.

Stabilizing your bite and joint

TMJ symptoms and craniofacial pain (CFP) can result from various physiological elements. One common non-surgical solution aligns the temporomandibular joint with its supportive disc by making sure that your jaw and bite are in optimal position, and at the same time relaxing any strained muscles and nerves.

After your doctor has determined where your optimal jaw position is, we will help you keep your jaw in position with a temporary orthotic that can be used to relieve your symptoms before a permanent treatment is performed.  Additionally, if back teeth (molars) are missing, these will need to be replaced to provide support for the TMJ.

Dental implants are preferable for this step in your TMJ treatment.

Relieving muscle and nerve pain

To correct your TMJ, we will typically develop a treatment plan specific to your needs. TMJ treatment may include:

  • Local anesthesia
  • Botox®
  • Intramuscular stimulation of trigger points
  • Prolotherapy
  • Chiropractic Therapy
  • Massage
  • ULF-TENS (Ultra Low Frequency Transcutaneous Electrical Neural Stimulation) technology to soothe muscles in your jaw, head and neck.

Long-term treatment may include a number of different or combined TMJ solutions such as:

  • Occlusal adjustments, or the slightly reshaping your teeth for a more comfortable bite;
  • Orthodontics (Phase 1 appliance therapy & Phase 2 braces) to structurally correct the orthopedic challenges on the teeth, jaw, mouth and airways; preferably orthodontics should be performed without extracting any teeth which can further complicate the bite and narrow the arches and airways;
  • Restoring all your teeth placing crowns, sometimes called full mouth reconstruction, to rebuild a healthier bite, and if necessary, to increase the vertical dimension of your smile allowing more decompression of the temporomandibular joint and thus more blood flow and nutrients to the joint to help aid optimal healing and pain relief;
  • or a removable orthotic, or mandibular repositioning appliance(MRA), which can be worn indefinitely to help decompress the TMJ, allow more blood flow, and help to maintain more relaxed muscles and nerves of the head, face and neck.

All of these TMJ treatments are used to comfortably maintain your jaw in a healthy, relaxed position.

The most optimal long-term treatment options result in your teeth and bite being correctly positioned through orthodontics or other full mouth restorations so that your teeth can help provide the proper functional support to maintain a healthy jaw joint.

In the event that your treatment requires complex dental or medical surgery, we work with a network of the finest medical/dental and healthcare specialists to augment our services. Our highly trained clinical support staff and treatment coordinators ensure that our guests receive the finest care in a gentle, supportive and understanding atmosphere.

If you believe you might be suffering from TMJ, please contact The Smile Centre online or call our offices directly to book an appointment with one of our Florida dentists: (941) 351-4468 in Sarasota or (941) 497-5451 in Venice.