TMJ Treatment in Jonesboro, AR

Are you looking for a solution for common TMJ symptoms like painful chewing, jaw pain, headaches and migraines? The team at Southard Family Dentistry can help, taking a personalized approach to TMJ therapy for top TMJ treatments in Jonesboro, AR and beyond!

Dr. Bond-Southard is one of only two TMJ specialists in Arkansas. Patients visit her from across Jonesboro and beyond for her expertise in delivering specialized, state-of-the-art TMJ therapy.

What is TMJ?

woman sitting in the waiting room holding her mouth due to tooth painTMJ is the acronym for temporomandibular joint, which connects the lower jaw to the skull at the temporal bone. This joint controls many jaw functions, including chewing. If the chewing muscles or the joint itself are causing you pain, you may have temporomandibular disorder, also known as TMJ disorder or TMD. TMD can be caused by stress, continual clenching of the jaw muscles, or teeth grinding (bruxism).

Several symptoms are most commonly associated with TMJ, including recurrent facial pain, swelling, constant teeth grinding, facial sensitivity, jaw joint locking, and a limited range of motion in the jaw.

TMJ symptoms vary by patient, but may include:

  • Painful chewing
  • Pain when opening or closing the mouth
  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Pain and tenderness around the jaw, ears, cheeks and neck
  • Stiffness in the jaw
  • Earaches
  • Pain while yawning
  • Locking of the jaw
  • Uncontrolled change of facial expression
  • Jaw becoming stuck open or shut
  • Clicking or popping sounds when opening your mouth
  • Changes in how the upper and lower teeth fit together

TMJ Therapy at Southard Family Dentistry

man experiencing symptoms of TMJ holding his jawAt Southard Family Dentistry, our team uses various treatment options to give our patients the TMJ relief they deserve! If you are diagnosed with this condition, Dr. Bond-Southard and her team can help ease the pain and treat the disfunction with the following treatment methods:

  • SPG Therapy (Sphenopalatine Ganglion) Block Therapy
  • Platelet Rich Plasma Injections (PRP)
  • TM Joint Injections
  • Trigger Point Injections
  • Nerve Blocks
  • Prolotherapy
  • Nerve Ganglion Blocks

SPG Therapy

At Southard Family Dentistry, our TMJ dentist, Dr. Bond-Southard, and her team use SPG (Sphenopalatine Ganglion) Block therapy to offer relief for migraines, a common symptom of TMJ! Treatment with the SPG Block therapy is designed to block the underlying causes of the pain caused by migraine headaches.

Using a local anesthetic, the process is needle-free, minimally invasive, and simply requires a cotton-tipped applicator to apply the medication to provide instant relief. SPG Block treatment can help our patients banish migraine pain and prevent painful headaches in the future.

Platelet Rich Plasma Injections (PRP) 

Our Jonesboro dental office also provides Platelet Rich Plasma Injections for treating pain related to TMJ disorder. Treatment with PRP uses a patient's own platelet-rich blood cells to accelerate healing and correct damage in a specific area of the body. PRP injections offer a minimally invasive, effective treatment option for chronic TMJ pain and jaw discomfort.

Schedule Your TMJ Treatment Consultation with Southard Family Dentistry Today

Are you ready to find relief from painful, uncomfortable TMJ symptoms? Contact us today to get the TMJ therapy you need!

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