TMJ Therapy Solutions

TMJ Therapy Solutions

TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint. TMD is the disorder of that joint. This condition affects a large portion of the population. There are many symptoms of TMD, and a patient may have one or several of the following conditions:

  • Pain in the Jaw Joint
  • Ear pain/stuffiness
  • Pain on chewing
  • Limited mouth opening
  • Joint noises; pops/clicks/grinding sounds
  • Inability to close the mouth
  • Tinnitus
  • Neck pain/stiffness
  • Vertigo

There are over 26 different diagnoses associated with TMD. Treatment varies dependent on diagnosis. Current treatment approaches are directed towards managing pain and dysfunction.

Comprehensive Exam:

  • Thorough review of medical history, accident history, and symptoms
  • Range of motion evaluation
  • Sleep screening evaluation
  • Trigger point and muscle palpation
  • Intraoral exam

Imaging: Dependent upon differential diagnosis, Dr. Southard will refer to an imaging center for CBCT (cone bean computerized tomography) or MRI (magnetic resonance imaging).

Orthopedic Appliance Therapy: An oral appliance will provide joint stability and healing, as well as aid in pain reduction.

Supportive Therapy:

  • Medications
  • Exercise
  • Physical Therapy
  • Trigger Point Injections
  • Temporal Tendon Injections
  • Vapocoolant Spray & Stretch
  • Low Light Laser Therapy
  • Stretching
  • Counseling

Southard Family Dentistry

2600 Browns Lane

Jonesboro, AR 72401

(870) 932-7000