Warm-up to cold laser therapy: Give TMJ pain the “cold shoulder” with advanced treatment in Payson, UT
You do not need to undergo drastic, invasive, and risky surgical procedures to get proper relief from the chronic, radiating facial pain and other debilitating symptoms related to Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) disorders dysfunction. In Payson, Utah, Gunnerson Dental is no stranger to elevating the “standard of care” or introducing a new, better standard for patients who deserve only the best. Cold laser therapy embodies these innovative approaches, which balance precision, effective treatment with gentle, conservative, and pleasant experiences at the dental office.
Warm-up to cold lasers for TMJ
Any behaviors or conditions that stress the jaw joint (TMJ) and its interconnected parts or tissues can produce inflammation and pain. Other common symptoms of TMJ disorders include jaw stiffness that limits smooth movement, migraines, earaches, ringing of the ears, and “noisy jaw,” clicking or popping sounds when opening or closing the mouth. Pain is a leading complaint and can radiate through the face and affect the neck, shoulders, and back, too. It may be persistent and quite debilitating, interfering with day-to-day activities and hobbies, or even the ability to savor food when chewing is uncomfortable.
Also known as low-level laser therapy, cold laser therapy bridges the gap between invasive surgical treatments and non-invasive approaches or products. The latter methods, such as exercises to strengthen the muscles or modification of behaviors like gum-chewing, may not have provided the level of sustained pain relief that you deserve. Likewise, medications may “treat” the symptoms; they don’t address the root cause of the problem. We are privileged to help our patients attain an actual resolution of the inflammation and other issues that produce pain and reduce or eliminate patients’ reliance on pain relievers.
What to expect
Dr. K. Cheyn Gunnerson uses an MLS® (FDA-cleared Multiwave Locked System) laser by Cutting Edge™ Laser Technologies to alleviate pain, reduce inflammation, and speed recovery.
We use the most portable laser system of its kind, the small, lightweight, and non-intimidating (though no less powerful) Mphi. Dr. Gunnerson precisely and safely delivers controlled, specific wavelengths of light to affected tissues. As the light-based energy penetrates damaged tissues and cells, it triggers renewed cellular activity. This process reduces discomfort at the treatment site and promotes the healing of affected cells.
The application of the laser light energy itself is painless and fast; on average, treatment takes about eight minutes. You may experience dramatic, positive results after just one to three treatment sessions. However, patients may need seven to 10 sessions to resolve pain, inflammation, swelling, and other symptoms. Since TMDs are often chronic conditions, regular treatments may also be necessary. It is essential to know that the effects of laser therapy on TMJ problems are cumulative. Keep your recommended course of treatment – you won’t regret it!
Your insurance plan may cover TMD treatment as a “medically necessary” procedure. If cost is a concern, and we certainly appreciate that, we are happy to discuss ways to ease the burden of out-of-pocket expenses. Consider using available HSA dollars. Financing is also available at Gunnerson Dental, and our in-house membership plan helps you and your family save on many discounted treatments.
We look forward to helping you feel better. Contact us today at (801) 658-0175.