For some patients, TMJ results in mild pain and slight impairment in jaw function, for others it can be severe. The majority of facial pain actually stems from TMJ disorders as the pain can radiate outward to the neck and affecting muscles and ligaments in the face. Often patients suffer from frequent headaches caused by inflammation of the muscles that are used to open and close the mouth.
Laser treatment uses light photons (energy) to penetrate deep into the tissues surrounding the temporomandibular joint as well as the joint itself. Laser energy decreases inflammation deep in the tissues that produces almost immediate relief. It also stimulates healing.
Class 4 lasers produce over .5 watts of energy and have the power to penetrate deeper into the tissues. The benefits of a higher energy laser are twofold:
The temporomandibular joint is unique in the body as it regulates two motions; up and down and side to side. The muscles that support and cross the joint create force on the joint and can become inflamed for a number of reasons. Laser treatment for TMJ gives patients immediate pain relief producing a feeling of warmth at the deep site of pain. Other than pain relief, laser therapy has other health benefits which can contribute to long term healing.Laser treatment for TMJ promotes healing
Initially laser treatment reduces inflammation and enhances tissue healing by stimulating the production of more red blood cells in the area. Laser therapy also increases lymphatic movement and increases oxygenation of the damaged tissues which in turn cause them to regenerate healthy cells. Another reason to have laser treatment for TMJ is that laser energy stimulates an enzyme present in all cells to produce more energy which in turn speeds up the healing process.How many treatments will I need?
The experience of each patient is unique depending on the degree of distress to the joint and muscles. Most patients feel significant relief after 2 or 3 treatments as the inflammation goes down. However, to get the full benefit of the healing aspects of laser treatment for TMJ a full course of between 6 to 12 treatments is recommended. Failing to complete the recommended series of treatment will not allow the body to fully heal and the pain may return. Since the treatments are only about 5 to 10 minutes long, patients can schedule this over their lunch break.Get out of pain – contact Dr. Manea
Laser treatment for TMJ pain is painless, non invasive and has health benefits that far exceed any relief provided by a drug. Dr. Manea is a dedicated to helping her patients out of the debilitating cycle of pain caused by TMJ disorder. If you are one of the 10 million Americans suffering with some degree of TMJ disorder, schedule an appointment with Dr. Manea, to find out how she can help you.