Brookfield TMJ Therapy & Headache Relief
Elmbrook Family Dental proudly offers the latest advancements in dentistry for the prevention and treatment of chronic headaches with splint appliances. This simple oral appliance treats grinding while you sleep, a condition known as bruxism. You see, when the jaw joints (TMJ) are misaligned, the related muscles and nerves can become irritated. This can cause bruxism, headaches, earaches, popping and clicking in the jaw, and pain in the face, head, neck, and shoulders.
At Elmbrook Family Dental, we have helped many patients from across the Milwaukee area find relief from the headaches and pain of TMJ dysfunction. Our non-surgical TMJ therapy includes a full evaluation, diagnosis of the joint using Joint Vibration Analysis, treatment of painful inflamed muscles with an MLS cold laser and nightguards or occlusal splints to eliminate jaw and muscle pain.
Joint Vibration Analysis
Joint Vibration Analysis, or JVA, is used to help us detect any discrepancies in the opening and closing of a patient’s jaw, such as popping or clicking. A set of headphones is placed directly over the TMJ, and a patient is then asked to open and close their mouth as wide as they can. This will create a readout on a nearby monitor both our team and a patient can see in real time.
MLS Cold Laser
This device offers an alternative to other pain relief methods such as medication and steroids, and we use it to help accelerate healing and reduce inflammation for our TMJ patients. The laser uses specific wavelengths of light to stimulate the cells in the affected area, aiding in their recovery. Treatment with this laser typically takes less than 10 minutes, is painless, and has no lasting side effects (other than relief!).
An occlusal splint is a small, custom-made mouthpiece that is designed to gently shift the jaw into a more relaxed and natural position to help alleviate TMJ-related symptoms. A patient will only need to wear it to bed, where it can also help with another common TMJ problem, nighttime teeth grinding. Eventually, the jaw will “learn” to stay in this new position so a patient can go throughout their day pain free.
Our entire team looks forward to serving your family. Call our Brookfield, WI dental office at 262-444-0232 today to schedule an appointment. We’re open early mornings and evenings for your convenience. Located in Brookfield, our office also serves patients from Elm Grove, Milwaukee, Pewaukee, Waukesha, and New Berlin.