Lansdale, Harleysville, and Souderton, Pennsylvania
When a TMJ issue is discovered, it is important to start a treatment program as soon as possible. TMJ problems rarely get better without treatment, and the state-of-the-art solutions available today can resolve your jaw joint malfunctions before they cause you severe pain and require invasive therapy.
Lansdale neuromuscular dentist Dr. Stephen Sulzbach offers a variety of treatments for effective TMJ symptom relief and permanent jaw joint rehabilitation. He received his expert neuromuscular training from the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies and has had great success helping patients restore balance in their bite.
Your Options for Neuromuscular Relief
- Orthotics – Oral appliances used to help retrain the jaw muscles to work efficiently and productively. The patient wears custom oral appliances as directed (usually at night) to alleviate symptoms and gently encourage the components of the jaw to operate in a cooperative manner, eliminating stress or tension.
- TENS Unit – This battery-powered device relieves TMJ symptoms using gentle pulses of electricity that contract and relax jaw muscles into a state of full relaxation. The TENS treatment is a safe and effective way to relieve pain and soreness from overworked muscles.
- Full Mouth Reconstruction – Poorly misaligned teeth are often the cause of a bad bite. During a full mouth reconstruction, Dr. Sulzbach performs cosmetic dentistry treatments to achieve ideal alignment so that the upper and lower jaws fit together comfortably.
- Braces – If teeth are badly misaligned, Dr. Sulzbach may recommend Bioliners™ or braces along with or instead of full mouth reconstruction.
- Physical Therapy – Jaw exercises and physical therapy may be used to relax tense jaw muscles and encourage healing of stressed jaw components. Dr. Sulzbach works with qualified physical therapists, physiatrists, chiropractors, and neurologists as necessary to ensure your symptoms are fully treated.
- Trigger Point Injections – Used to relieve localized muscle pain in our TMD and Sleep Apnea patients. The muscle is cooled and then stretched. Next, a mild anesthetic is injected into the muscle’s trigger point, which is an area of localized tension within the muscle.
The Goal of Therapy
Although there is no specific cure for neuromuscular conditions, symptoms can completely disappear with the right treatment. Dr. Sulzbach has many years of experience finding effective solutions for patients suffering from mild to severe TMJ/TMD. It is his goal to first find the most relaxed, comfortable jaw position, and then to apply treatments that will help the jaw joints fall into this correct position naturally and permanently. In rare cases where these repositioning efforts fail to produce positive changes, surgery is sometimes an option for long-term relief.
If you are experiencing symptoms of jaw joint disorder or you would simply like to have your bite checked, our skilled Lansdale TMJ dentist would be happy to give you a comprehensive TMJ evaluation.
To set up your first visit, please contact Towamencin Dentistry today. Our friendly dental family would be honored to have you join our practice.