What is TMJ therapy?
The TMJ (temporomandibular joint) is the spot where your jaw connects to your skull to enable you to open and close your jaw easily. Sometimes the temporomandibular joint is injured or damaged, resulting in a painful condition called temporomandibular joint dysfunction or disorder (TMD). If you're experiencing pain or hearing sounds when you move your jaw, then schedule a consultation with leading Las Vegas dentist Dr. Michaela Tozzi to see if you have TMD. At Michaela Tozzi, DMD in Henderson, NV, Dr. Tozzi utilizes innovative equipment to examine and care for your TMD to relieve painful symptoms. Your TMJ therapy will be dependent on the cause of your TMD and your particular condition, but some options are oral appliances (mouth or night guards), bite adjustment, dental restorations, and more.
TMJ Therapy Reviews
"I love Dr. Tozzi. Not only has she been my family's dentist for years...She has provided me with a treatment for my TMJ that doesn't involve drugs of any kind! She also is brilliant at cosmetic botox and fillers! Love her!!!"- N.B. / Google / Oct 24, 2017
"I have been to multiple specialists all over the city over my severe TMJ. I’ve always been holistic in approach but when all of my other options were exhausted, I started looking into Botox for the masseter muscles. After TONS of research, I found Michaela Tozzi and decided on her amidst all the other injectors in the city. Her approach was the most convincing and her office was so accommodating over the phone. My first consultation was in February of 2019. I was so nervous I had to reschedule later that day so I could bring my mom along to quite literally hold my hand. Miss Tozzi was so lovely along with her amazing front desk staff and assistants. Truly, the whole environment was so kind and they answered all of my questions. They were warm and reassuring and when it came down to the first injection, I barely felt a thing. Around a week later, I noticed that my jaw wasn’t aching in the morning and about a month later, I could chew and speak without pain. Added bonus; my face slimmed down from the lack of inflammation and my whole face looked brighter! I’ve been back to Michaela twice since my first consultation and after years and years of treatments and procedures, I can truly say hers is the only one that has ever given me any relief. She offers a customized approach for my face specifically adding more to certain points that are more inflamed/tense. Along with her dental experience, she has an eye for aesthetics so I know her injections will leave me pain free AND lively looking. Thank you so much to this office and staff! I’m indebted to you ladies for your expertise and warmth."- A.H. / Yelp / Jan 13, 2020
WHO IS A CANDIDATE FOR tmj therapy?
Temporomandibular joint dysfunction might be caused by a single injury to the jaw, chronic jaw clenching, teeth grinding (bruxism), or misalignment of the teeth (dental malocclusion). Other conditions that may lead to TMD include a tumor in the temporomandibular joint or arthritis. A few of the most typical signs of TMD are pain or tenderness at the jaw joint, involuntary contractions in your face muscles, feeling like your jaw is stiff or stuck, and frequent headaches that start around your ears. Another sign is hearing cracking, clicking, or popping when you use your jaw.
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING tmj/tmd treatment
To diagnose temporomandibular joint disorder, Dr. Tozzi will carefully listen and understand your concerns prior to a physical exam. Throughout the exam, she will evaluate how your jaw moves and look for signs of teeth grinding, jaw clenching, and misalignment. She will also feel the jaw joint and lower face for any tenderness and inflammation. Dr. Tozzi might request digital images of your lower head along with an analysis of your bite to determine the best treatment method. Based on the exam, she will go over your treatment options that could include BOTOX® or Dysport® muscle-relaxing injectables or laser therapy. If these treatments are not effective, Dr. Tozzi may recommend a dental appliance, teeth straightening, or restorative dentistry (crowns or bridges).
HOW LONG IS RECOVERY AFTER TMJ/TMD TREATMENT?
Along with treatments to address the underlying cause of your temporomandibular joint disorder, Dr. Tozzi can suggest different strategies to relieve pain and other problems at home. This may include eating softer foods, avoiding biting your nails or chewing gum, heat packs on your jaw, and relaxation methods. Dr. Tozzi may also give you exercises to strengthen your jaw or prescribe medication to relax your muscles (and to relieve pain, anxiety, or even inflammation).
Follow-up appointments will be scheduled accordingly so Dr. Tozzi can check the results from your TMJ treatment. If your therapy is not working, she may consider another strategy. It's also important to keep up with routine dental exams and cleanings to maintain your oral health.
IS TMJ/TMD TREATMENT COVERED BY DENTAL INSURANCE?
Dental insurance coverage for TMD diagnosis and treatments will vary so we'll contact your provider to calculate your personal expenses. Whether you do or don't have dental insurance, Dr. Tozzi will go over cost estimates when reviewing your treatment options. To help make all treatments more affordable, Michaela Tozzi, DMD accepts many payment methods and we will be able to help you find medical financing.
get the care you need
Pain in your jaw makes it difficult to chew, speak, and enjoy your everyday life. Since there are many potential causes, symptoms, and remedies for TMD, schedule a consultation with Dr. Tozzi. She will perform a detailed exam prior to your diagnosis and talk about all of your treatment options. Get in touch with our Las Vegas team at Michaela Tozzi, DMD in Henderson, NV to get more information. We look forward to serving you and providing you with the relief you deserve.
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