Colorado TMJ Treatment
Dr. Barnes has been treating patients with TMD for more than 20 years and is Board Certified in Orofacial Pain. State-of-the-art imaging technology is used to identify the source of the TMD and provide a lasting solution.
If you think you may have TMD issues, take this TMD SCREENING QUESTIONNAIRE by answering 8 simple questions.
TMJ & Sleep Solutions Removed Jaw Pain and Increased Range of Motion.
Do I Have TMJ?
Temporomandibular joint disorders are considered to be a sub-classification of musculoskeletal disorders and follow some of the same principles as other joints in the body. The temporomandibular joint is responsible for all the movements of the jaw– chewing, swallowing, breathing and talking– making this one of the most used joints in the body. Injury, cartilage damage, degeneration and arthritis in this joint can lead to pain and dysfunction.
- Ear pain
- Headaches and neck aches, migraines
- Pain/discomfort of the jaw or jaw muscles
- Difficulty opening and closing the mouth
- Clicking or popping noises in the jaw
- Sensitive teeth when no other dental problems are present
- Grinding and clenching teeth
What Causes TMJ?
There are several potential causes for TMJ including trauma to the face or necks in the past. Clenching and grinding the teeth may overload the joints or muscles and trigger pain or damage. Allergies, enlarged tonsils, or uneven jaw growth as a child can lead to TMJ and sleep apnea problems later in life.
Due to the variety of causes, symptoms can change over time or even completely disappear. There are popular reports that suggest to not seek any resolution to the pain other than anti-inflammatory medication, rest, and ice or moist heat. These are certainly good first steps with negligible side effects but this advice is not successful for everyone. If you don’t get relief from these measures in a few weeks, we are there for you to assess what might be happening and offer other treatment.
Treatment for TMJ/TMD
When evaluation indicates TMD, Dr. Barnes begins with conservative and reversible treatment using removable orthotic appliances. These appliances may fit on the upper or lower teeth according each individual’s need for treatment. Orthotics are used by those dentists who ascribe (and research supports) to the approach that damaged TMJ’s can be rehabilitated to normal or near normal motion, comfort, and stability while leaving the teeth as they were.