Temporomandibular joint disorders, or TMJ disorders, develop when the joints in this area become painful and can even prevent the jaw muscles from moving as they should. Patients are often prescribed medications or physical therapy to try to relieve their symptoms, but these treatment methods don’t always work. If you have found yourself in this situation, you could benefit from TMJ laser treatment with Biolase.
What Are the Symptoms of TMJ?
Because TMJ disorders can be brought on by many different causes such as injury or a genetic predisposition, they can be difficult to properly diagnose. However, some common symptoms can indicate that your jaw pain may be due to a TMJ disorder. These symptoms include:
- Pain or soreness on one or both sides of the jaw
- Chronic pain in the jaw that does not go away after rest
- Difficulty chewing or opening the mouth
If left untreated, the symptoms of TMJ will persist and will likely worsen over time. While the condition is not fatal, it can eventually lead to headaches and pain in the shoulders and back if a proper treatment plan is not laid out.
Conservative treatment measures are always explored before considering riskier approaches. Patients who have seen little improvement in their symptoms with medications or therapy often enjoy notable results with TMJ laser treatment, provided at our office with the Biolase system.
How Does TMJ Laser Therapy Work?
TMJ laser treatment targets the temporomandibular joint and the tissues that surround it with light energy. This light energy provides two benefits to the treated area:
- Reduces inflammation
- Accelerates healing
The laser encourages the body to produce more red blood cells, which will help oxygenate the area and shed damaged tissue. The laser energy also energizes the cells in the temporomandibular area, further promoting healing and providing relief.
When Will I Notice Results?
You will likely need more than one treatment session to experience full relief from your symptoms. The number of treatment sessions needed varies from patient to patient depending on the severity of their condition, but you will likely notice a significant reduction in pain after about three treatments. To fully manage your symptoms and keep them from returning, we may recommend up to 12 treatment sessions.
Am I a Good Candidate for TMJ Laser Therapy?
Almost anyone who is seeking relief from their TMJ disorder symptoms make good candidates for this treatment. TMJ laser treatment is also a great option for anyone who has experienced lackluster results from other treatments but does not want to undergo surgery.
Learn More About TMJ Laser Therapy with Biolase
If you are suffering from the symptoms of TMJ disorder, TMJ laser treatment provided at the office of Latha Subramanian, DDS may be able to provide you with relief. Contact our office in Mountain View, CA to learn more!