Dr. Patel is very experienced in relieving chronic jaw pain. He can identify the cause of your pain, diagnose TMD and reverse your TMJ pain – not just treat the symptoms.
Your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) could be misaligned or the joint and surrounding muscles could have problems working properly. This can lead to jaw pain and other symptoms and is called temporomandibular joint dysfunction, or TMD.
Undiagnosed facial pain and chronic headaches and migraines can be debilitating. It takes a knowledgeable health professional to diagnose TMD properly. If you suffer from jaw pain, Infinite Smiles has the solutions you need to live comfortably.
Symptoms of TMD include face, neck, shoulder or back pain, clicking or popping in your jaw joints or lockjaw. You could have discomfort when chewing or headaches or migraines, especially after waking up.
This pain could come from trauma to your face or jaw or grinding and clenching your teeth (bruxism). You may even notice worn-down teeth or broken restorations from teeth grinding or trauma.
As with any medical ailment, delaying preventative treatment for teeth grinding or TMJ pain can result in losing your teeth.
Fortunately, TMJ pain can be diagnosed painlessly with computerized diagnostic tools. These tools measure the health or your jaw joints and facial muscles in approximately 30 to 45 minutes.
The evaluation helps Dr. Patel determine the correct position for your jaw. Finding the correct jaw position can eliminate discomfort and boost facial aesthetics.
Some patients grind or clench their teeth at night. Infinite Smiles can make a custom nightguard to reposition your jaw and relieve your pain. We can also create daytime NTI-tss™ splints to keep your jaw in the right position and relieve headaches.
Our guards are custom made in our lab from high-strength polymer and can be made in just 2 10-minute appointments.
Alternatively, Dr. Patel can administer Botox® to relieve TMJ pain. Botox® is an FDA-approved, non-surgical injection that is traditionally used to temporarily smooth facial lines and wrinkles. Because Botox® is a muscle relaxer, it can be used to alleviate TMJ pain as well.
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