Find Relief from Jaw Pain
Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMD) often are the source of uncomfortable symptoms like jaw pain, lock jaw, frequent headaches and migraines. If you or a loved one has jaw pain or other symptoms, TMJ problems may be to blame. An expert in TMJ care and craniofacial pain, Dr. Melody Stampe offers effective treatment to relieve uncomfortable symptoms and improve your oral health. Believe it or not, a number of dental problems actually cause TMD. Through a TMJ evaluation, she can diagnose the condition, identify contributing factors and determine the right treatment option for you.
Advanced Technology to Gain a Clear Picture of Your Condition
Cone Beam Computed Topography (CBCT) Scan
To collect data for an accurate diagnosis, she performs a CBCT scan of your mouth and jaw to evaluate for abnormalities around the TMJ. This advanced form of imaging delivers low-dose radiation and is invaluable in identifying underlying concerns.
Joint Vibration Analysis (JVA)
Dr. Stampe also uses JVA to assess your jaw joint function. Through friction and vibration measurements, JVA evaluates the health of the disc located with the TMJ.
TMJ Treatment Options
The extent of your TMD, along with your symptoms, help determine the type of treatment right for you. Dr. Stampe may recommend a custom nightguard, which is a special type of mouth guard. Nightguard therapy can provide a great deal of relief from TMD symptoms, and helps protect the teeth and joints from further damage. As a TMJ specialist, Dr. Stampe also offers laser therapy for jaw pain and sore facial muscles. In some cases, she may partner with orthodontists, physical therapists or chiropractors to reestablish proper function for your TMJ. It is important to understand that in many cases, TMJ problems and sleep apnea are related. If it is found that you have both sleep apnea and TMD, additional treatments may be recommended to benefit your health.