Patients who struggle with neuromuscular pain that stems from the TMJ, or temporomandibular joint, are welcome at the practice of Dr. Michael Westman to learn about the treatment options available. When it comes to TMJ, or even the condition called TMD, patients have solutions that can reduce or even eliminate the discomfort they experience, sometimes on a daily basis.
Signs of TMJ/TMD
The temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, is the jaw joint that allows patients to open and close their mouths. When this joint becomes dysfunctional, it can also become extremely problematic. Patients who have TMD, or temporomandibular joint disorder, will experience everything from chronic headaches and migraines to pain that can radiate from the head down through the shoulders. They may also experience locking of the jaw and clicking or popping that can cause added discomfort.
Treatment of TMJ/TMD
At the practice of Dr. Michael Westman, patients can obtain care for their dysfunctional jaw joint. Our dentist has experience helping patients who have neuromuscular conditions. In most situations, patients will benefit from a treatment called oral appliance therapy.
Oral appliance therapy is the use of a specialized mouth guard that is worn in the mouth to help reduce the tension that can be caused by this condition. Additionally, it can be used to keep the jaw properly aligned, reducing problems that are often associated with temporomandibular joint disorder.
Other options may include massage of the jaw joint area, as well as medications that can be used for inflammation and pain. These medications are safe and appropriate to use in conjunction with other therapies.
What treatment is right for me?
Patients unsure as to how to address their condition are welcome to book a consultation visit and initial evaluation with our team to find out more about the options available.
Schedule your visit today!
Dr. Michael Westman and his team in Racine, WI provide a selection of services for patients who are in need of quality care. If you are dealing with neuromuscular issues such as TMJ pain, we encourage you to book an appointment to discuss pain and care. Call the office at (262) 639-7000 and visit the practice at 4944 Charles Street.