TMJ Therapy – Oklahoma City, OK
Overcome Chronic Jaw Pain For Good
If you place two fingertips on either side of the face just under the ears and then open your mouth, you can feel something moving underneath the skin. These are the TMJ (temporomandibular joints), which have the important job of connecting the lower jaw to the skull – without them, you wouldn’t be able to effectively chew food, speak clearly, or even yawn when tired. Unfortunately, this big responsibility can be hampered by dysfunction and strain over time. If TMJ disorder is causing severe facial discomfort, Dr. Isaacson can provide dedicated, long-term therapy in the form of a custom-made occlusal splint. Don’t wait – contact our Oklahoma City dental office today!
Why Choose Joe Isaacson Dental for TMJ Therapy?
- 25+ Years of Clinical Experience
- Dedicated TMJ Screenings During Each Checkup
- Customized, High-Quality Oral Appliance Therapy Available
TMJ Diagnosis & Treatment
How do you know if you have TMJ disorder in the first place? While this condition is complex and can manifest in many different ways, there are some common signs you should look out for in everyday life:
- Significant, chronic pain that’s located in the jaw, face, head, neck, or shoulders
- Aching discomfort that feels like an earache
- Struggling to chew food or fully open the mouth without pain and general difficulty
- Jaw joints that constantly make clicking/popping sounds and/or lock in place
Dr. Isaacson is highly familiar with the presence of TMJ disorder and will be sure to screen for it during every regular checkup to gauge your risk. Be sure to let him know at this time if you’ve been experiencing any of the above symptoms on a routine basis.
Occlusal splints are custom-made mouthpieces that can help patients achieve lasting relief from TMJ-related pain. They’re designed to reposition the jaw comfortably into a more natural and relaxed position. This overrides your smile’s current dysfunctional “programming” and gives the facial muscles proper time to heal. If your case of TMJ disorder is specifically caused by chronic teeth grinding, it will also provide a sturdy barrier between the rows of the teeth that prevents dangerous contact.
As long as you use your occlusal splint as directed by Dr. Isaacson (usually every night), there is a good chance that you will achieve permanent relief from TMJ-related symptoms! Our team looks forward to assisting you soon here in OKC.