TMJ therapy options available at Payson, UT area dental practice
When you think of dental concerns, gum disease and cavities often come to mind. But there are many other conditions that can impact the smile. TMJ, which stands for temporomandibular joint, is the jaw joint that hinges the lower jaw to the skull. Sometimes, this jaw and the muscles around it can become dysfunctional, resulting in a range of problems to the patient. This condition, called TMD, does require treatment to reduce pain and eliminate locking of the jaw in the open or closed position. At Gunnerson Dental in Payson, Utah, we are excited to offer TMJ therapy options for patients.
What types of TMJ therapy are available at Gunnerson Dental?
Our provider is pleased to offer a few different solutions for patients who have been diagnosed with TMD. These include the following:
- Oral orthodontic device – many of our patients with mild to moderate TMD will find relief with an oral orthodontic device. This is a specialized mouthguard that patients can wear to keep the jaw aligned and reduce common issues associated with this condition, specifically pain.
- Myofunctional therapy – another option is orofacial myofunctional therapy. This type of therapy is a series of exercises that patients can use to activate and improve the function of many muscles in the face and mouth area. These exercises are done regularly until proper function resolves, and patients no longer experience symptoms of TMD, obtaining pain relief.
- Cold laser therapy – a revolutionary alternative now available for TMD patients is cold laser therapy, which uses state-of-the-art laser equipment that emits light protons to penetrate deep into the tissues that surround the joint to decrease inflammation and provide almost instant relief in patients who suffer from chronic issues, such as headaches, related to their condition.
Connect with Dr. Cheyn Gunnerson today to learn about TMJ therapy options
Our team is dedicated to helping patients find ways to address a range of dental issues, including temporomandibular joint disorder. If you live in or around the area of Payson, Utah and are considering the benefits of working with a TMJ therapy dentist, call Gunnerson Dental today at (801) 658-0175. We accept new patients in the community into our facility, conveniently located at 33 W 300 S.