Albuquerque TMJ Treatment
Escape Chronic Jaw Pain For Good
The temporomandibular joints (also known simply as the TMJ) connect the lower jaw to the skull – without them, we couldn’t chew food properly, speak clearly, or even yawn. Unfortunately, when some kind of imbalance or strain occurs between these body parts and the other oral structures, patients can experience a wide variety of painful, even debilitating symptoms. Thankfully, Dr. Boehmer has the clinical expertise needed to diagnose TMJ disorder and relieve the source of the dysfunction in lasting ways through personalized therapy. To schedule a consultation here in Albuquerque, contact our office today.
Why Choose Us for TMJ Treatment?
- Advanced Neuromuscular Training From The Las Vegas Institute
- State-of-the-Art Massage Technology with TENS
- Certified BOTOX Provider
Diagnosis & Treatment
TMJ disorder is a complex condition that can manifest in several different ways, and its symptoms are often variable. If you notice any of the following on a regular basis, it may be time to reach out for a second opinion:
- Chronic pain in the jaw, head, neck, shoulders, or back
- Constant tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
- Limited jaw movement or experiencing discomfort while chewing
- Constant clicking, locking, and popping sensation in the jaw joints
Equilibration & Occlusal Adjustments
If a patient’s specific case of TMJ disorder is being caused by a misaligned bite, equilibration (also known as occlusal adjustment) may be the best approach for restoring harmony. Dr. Boehmer will review how the arches of the mouth meet and pinpoint any areas of excessive pressure and strain. She will then carefully adjust the surfaces of certain teeth to alleviate these concerns, providing the related facial muscles with much-needed relief and time to heal properly.
A customized oral appliance (also known as an occlusal splint) may be recommended following your TMJ screening. These devices can help prevent chronic bruxism (teeth grinding), which is a common source of TMJ aggravation. Their regular use is also capable of helping the jaw achieve a more comfortable and functional place of rest, effectively “reprogramming” long-term dysfunction and even creating permanent improvements in many cases.
Treatment with a TENS Machine
TENS is short for “transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation.” This device will involve the placement of electrodes that work to stimulate the nerves and cause muscles to contract in precise sequences. The goal of this type of treatment is to work out tension caused by TMJ disorder, as well as encourage the release of pain-blocking endorphins. Essentially, it works like a self-massage. In most cases, Dr. Boehmer will pair TENS therapy with the use of an occlusal splint or equilibration for the most successful results possible.
While many patients think of BOTOX as a purely cosmetic procedure, its use can also relieve painful symptoms caused by TMJ disorder! The way it works is simple – the drug stops muscle movement and prevents the nerves from releasing inflammatory molecules, effectively relieving pain. It will also prevent involuntary contractions in the jaw. The positive effects typically last around three months at a time before further injections are needed. BOTOX can even help relieve chronic migraines.