What Doctor Do I See for TMJ Treatment & Pain?
TMJ Pain Can Cause a Lot of Distress. Not Sure What Doctor You Can See for TMJ Pain? Read Below. Call Us to Schedule a Consultation. Serving Patients From All Over the USA. Locations in Bloomington IL, Peoria – Dunlap IL, Mishawaka IN, Kansas City MO, El Paso TX and Wausau WI.
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Pain in the TMJ (jaw joint) can be difficult to deal with unless you seek professional care. You might be wondering, though, what professional you should see about it, and although you could see your primary doctor, you may be better off seeing a particular kind of doctor. You’ll find many of these special doctors here at Koala® Center For Sleep & TMJ Disorders. Contact us today or keep reading to learn more about us, our doctors, and our treatments for TMJ pain.
The kind of doctor you should see is a TMJ doctor. If you’ve been having any TMJ pain at all, the doctor will be able to help you, and if your pain has been accompanied by other symptoms like headaches or jaw clicking, the doctor may be able to resolve all of these symptoms. To do so, it can help if the doctor knows what’s responsible for your pain and other symptoms. In some patient cases, the cause is a trauma like a blow to the jaw. In other cases, a bad habit like teeth grinding is causing the issue. With tests like 3-dimensional imaging and others, the doctor may be able to determine what’s responsible for your particular issue, and once the doctor has more information, the doctor can proceed with treatment.
In some cases, simple TMJ massages, stretches, and exercises can alleviate pain and other symptoms. These activities can reduce TMJ stress and tension, relieving everyday pain and even flare ups, and also preventing some issues from occurring in the future. Sometimes, a patient with TMJ pain has TMJ disorder, and although the TMJ activities can help, other treatments may be necessary. In some cases of TMJ disorder, electrical stimulation of the affected area will relieve symptoms. In other cases, it’s best to get oral appliance therapy.
With oral appliance therapy, the patient’s oral anatomy is digitally modelled, then an oral insert is custom made for the patient. The insert is comfortable and convenient to use, and it works too, allowing the TMJ to rest in a more natural position. In fact, the therapy is proven to work in many cases and can reduce a patient’s symptoms by 90%! Oral appliance therapy is recommended by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine as well as our TMJ doctors here at Koala® Center For Sleep & TMJ Disorders.
For over 30 years, our founder and primary TMJ doctor, Dr. Rod Willey, has been helping patients with their dental and TMJ issues. His experience includes advanced training in neuromuscular dentistry, orthodontics, and oral appliance therapy, and today the doctor wants to help people like you with their TMJ pain, other symptoms, and sleep problems. These things can be related, so comprehensive treatment may be necessary, and Dr. Willey and his staff can provide it here at Koala® Center For Sleep & TMJ Disorders!
We very likely do, as Koala® Center For Sleep & TMJ Disorders has multiple locations in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, Texas and Wisconsin. We’d be happy to speak with you and see you for a consultation, so we welcome you to contact us today. You can call our clinic at (855) 977-0400 or book your consultation on our Appointments page.
We look forward to hearing from you soon and helping you relieve your TMJ pain!