Headaches, earaches, and pain when opening your mouth are symptoms of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction. Dr. Michael Michel’s extensive training and experience in diagnosing and treating TMJ problems makes him uniquely qualified to deliver relief and restore healthy function. At Michel Dental, we offer non-surgical TMJ therapies for pain-free living. Better yet, we now offer two locations in both Topeka and Silver Lake, KS!
How Does it Happen?
Smooth, comfortable jaw motion depends on the optimal function of the two small joints that reside in front of your ears. But when stress, a misaligned bite, trauma, or other factors impact these joints, pain and pressure result. You may experience jaw-clicking, migraine headaches, tingling in the fingers and hands, and/or other symptoms that range in severity from mild to debilitating.
What Can You Do to Help?
Dr. Michel will evaluate your chewing system to pinpoint the source of your discomfort. He’ll use modern technology to determine optimal jaw alignment and assess jaw joint damage, if any, then prescribe appropriate treatment. Many patients find relief from TMJ dysfunction with oral appliance therapy. You’ll wear a comfortable, custom-fitted mouthguard while you sleep to ease stressed jaw muscles and promote correct alignment. Other treatments include building up the back teeth to correct misaligned bites, stress management techniques, and lifestyle changes to encourage healthy function.
Your smile is unique, and we’ll customize a TMJ treatment plan specifically for your situation. When your TMJ joints work properly, you’ll feel better, look better, and experience the comfortable function you deserve. Contact either our Silver Lake or Topeka location today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Michel today!