Our oral surgery team at Colorado Springs Oral and Facial Surgery South is extensively trained in all conditions of the jaw, including temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders and dysfunction. Pain in the TMJ (a hinge joint that opens and closes your mouth) can be disruptive to your life in many ways, such as:
- Acute and chronic pain in the jaw, face, and neck
- An inability to open and close your mouth without pain or strain
- As the mouth opens and closes, you hear clicking or popping sounds
- Constant tinnitus (ringing in the ear)
- Difficulty chewing food (and swallowing poorly chewed food)
- Poor positioning of the jaw at rest
- Swelling, tenderness, and inflammation in the face and/or jaw, TMD-related headaches, migraines, earaches, and/or toothaches
- Teeth clenching
- Bruxism (nighttime teeth grinding)
- And more symptoms that never seem to feel better even with a medical intervention
As you can tell from the symptoms, your joint health can be disruptive to your health in many areas. Our board-certified and board-eligible oral surgeons will take on your case and utilize our state-of-the-art diagnostic tools in our Colorado Springs, CO South office. By taking an in-depth look at your jaw, we can make recommendations for treatment to alleviate your symptoms. You can call and make an appointment with or without a referral. TMJ patients are mainly adults, however, if you would like to have your child evaluated, go ahead and give our office a call for scheduling.
TMJ Therapy Reviews
"Dr. Ringer removed my wisdom teeth and upon hearing I had TMD took a lot of care to be gentle with my jaw and also insisted that he look at my jaw issues. For a while I have had a locked jaw and thought there was nothing I could do about it. However, today Dr. Ringer performed athrocentesis on both sides of my face, and I am hopeful I will soon have full movement in my jaw again. I am so thankful for the clarity, guidance, and care I received from not only him but all of the employees at Colorado Springs Oral Surgery. They truly have gone above and beyond to help me with something I thought could not be fixed. Thank you!!!!"- Z.A. / Google / Mar 29, 2020
Many of our TMJ patients are receiving treatment for their TMD because of how their jaw developed, an accident or injury resulting in facial trauma, arthritis, or a growth or cancer on or very near the jaw. Very rarely do we see a candidate for TMD that all the sudden developed symptoms with no causation. If there is a reason, our oral surgeons will discover it in a private consultation and evaluation in our Colorado Springs South office with some of the best diagnostic instruments and technologies available today.
What To Expect
You can expect that treatment will continue because TMD pain will not just go away. In fact, if left untreated, you risk even more complicated, painful health conditions from TMD within your face, jaw, and neck.
In one of our private, serene consultation rooms, you will meet with one of our oral surgeons to be evaluated for all aspects of your jaw, facial bones, and neck to see how they work in relation to one another. We do this with diagnostic imaging with our digital x-rays, MRIs, or i-CAT™ 3D cone beam scans. You may be required to do a bite analysis (a study of how your teeth fit when you bite together). We will ask a lot of questions about your lifestyle, your symptoms, your medical history, and much more during the interview portion of the consultation.
Once your oral surgeon has a satisfactory amount of information gathered about your TMD situation, then he will make a recommended treatment plan. Treatments at Colorado Springs Oral and Facial Surgery South may be suggested as a one-time treatment or several therapies that work together to give you the most benefit in palliative care, such as:
- Anti-inflammatory medication
- Anti-anxiety medication
- Application of hot and cold compresses
- BOTOX® injections in the jaw area for pain management
- Behavior modification techniques to reduce teeth grinding or clenching while awake
- Jaw stretching exercises
- Orthodontic treatment
- Oral appliance therapy/night guard
- Pain management
- Restorative dental work
- Stress reduction techniques
The more severe cases of TMD may require 2 – 4 hours of surgical intervention with orthognathic surgery in a hospital setting.
Your follow-up appointments may take place at our office or at a provider's office that can deliver treatments we do not offer, such as restorative dentistry. We would be happy to work in tandem with other specialists and collaborate together to provide you with comprehensive treatment. If you did have orthognathic surgery, then we will ask that you come in for a follow-up appointment so that we can discuss your process, update your medical record, and strategize for the next steps in your recovery journey.
All of your treatments planned for your TMD treatment will be available in an itemized list for you look over and approve. If you have insurance, we will send them a claim for the treatments and tests needed to see what they will cover or cover in part. The fees that are not within the scope of your insurance plan can be paid for with many methods of payment, including most major credit cards and financing through CareCredit® if you qualify.
Treat Your TMD Here
TMD can cause debilitating symptoms that impact your ability to function normally and enjoy a comfortable smile. With care from a qualified specialist, TMD symptoms and contributing factors can be addressed and managed for an improved quality of living. To learn more about your options for treating TMD and reestablishing jaw joint health, schedule an appointment.