Treating TMJ Disorder With Your Local Premier Family & Cosmetic Dentists

A beautiful, healthy smile is what the team here at Oral Health Associates strives to provide each and every patient. As a top Green Bay cosmetic dentist office, we offer a wide range of services from general cleaning to dental implants. We know just how important overall mouth health is, which is why we also provide TMJ treatment for those dealing with the pain and discomfort of the condition.

TMJ Basics

The temporomandibular joint connects the lower jaw to the skull on either side of the head. This joint is in motion almost constantly, helping with eating, speaking, and most other facial movements. When a patient experiences pain in the area of the temporomandibular joint, he or she may have a disorder, or TMD, that needs to be looked at by one
of our doctors.

TMD can be caused by a variety of factors, including inflammation, stress, and genetics. Injuries to the face can also cause the joint to not function properly, which can lead to discomfort.

What To Look For

The signs and symptoms associated with TMD can vary, but generally include the following:

  • Muscle pain, often associated with grinding or clenching the teeth
  • Sounds such as popping or clicking when moving the jaw open
    and closed
  • Joint pain radiating from one or both sides of the face

Jaw movement can also be restricted when the temporomandibular joint is not working correctly, making it difficult or painful to open or close the mouth for everyday tasks such as eating or speaking.

How We Treat TMJ/TMD

Our treatment options for TMD vary based on what we see upon examination of the area. We create a personalized treatment plan for each individual patient. Some of the common treatments that we perform for TMD include icing or heating the area to relieve inflammation and pain. We advise patients to try a soft-foods diet to decrease stress on the joint and surrounding muscles and implement stretches or exercises or use orthodontic treatment to correct problems that may be exacerbating the condition.

Have A Question? Call Us Today!

An examination by your local Green Bay dentists is the first step towards less pain from TMD. Call us today to schedule an appointment at 920-437-3376. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

COVID-19 Notice

Dear Patients:

We at Oral Health Associates hope this notice finds you and your family in good health. Over the last few months Green Bay has been through a lot, and we all are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. One thing that has not changed during this time is our commitment to the safety of you and our staff.

You may have noticed infection control has always been a top priority at our practice. Our established processes ensure you receive care that is both safe and comfortable. The COVID-19 pandemic is not the first contagious illness to have circulated our country, nor will it be the last. Over the lifetime of our practice we have successfully prevented the transmission of many infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, Swine flu, H1N1, MERS, SARS in addition to our annual “flu season.” Furthermore, hepatitis in its many forms, HPV, herpes, etc. are all part of our everyday lives as your dental care team.

In addition to our standard and universal precautions we want to tell you of additional infection control procedures we have implemented. We follow the daily updates and recommendations of the American Dental Association, the CDC, and OSHA. You may notice the following changes at your next appointment:

  • ⦿ Our office will do a brief but thorough screening process prior to arriving at our office and when you arrive including taking your temperature.
  • ⦿ We have hand sanitizer present throughout our office including at the reception area when you enter and exit and ask that you please use it.
  • ⦿ We have removed difficult to clean items from our waiting rooms like magazines, children’s toys, etc.
  • ⦿ Social distancing will be considered as we allow increased space in our waiting room and the option to wait in your vehicle prior to your appointment.
  • ⦿ We request you please bring a mask for yourself to wear in our waiting room.
  • ⦿ Our staff will be wearing personal protective equipment at the highest available level which may include wearing masks and face shields for the entirety of your visit.
  • ⦿ We have installed multiple Needlepoint Bipolar Ionization Systems in our office which has proven very effective at safely filtering air within our office and killing many pathogens including SARS and other versions of coronaviruses.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you have regarding the steps we take to ensure the safety of everyone in our office. Thank you for being our patient and we look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors, and friends.

Sincerely,

Oral Health Associates

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