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Pain relief by obtaining customized treatment for TMJ/TMD concerns

Do you suffer from pain, clicking, or popping in your jaw joint? Do you find yourself regularly with headaches, muscle aches in your face or neck, or even earaches? If so, you may have a condition known as temporomandibular joint dysfunction, sometimes referenced as TMJ or TMD. Dr. Trish Barsanti of Arcata, California, can give you relief from the pain and discomfort of TMD by customizing a treatment plan just for you. 

Understanding TMJ/TMD 

The temporomandibular joint is the joint that connects your jawbone to your skull. It is responsible for all lower jaw movement, and when it isn’t functioning correctly, it can cause pain and discomfort. TMD is a condition that can affect anyone but is most common in people between 20-40 years old. 

What are some of the factors that can increase one’s risk of TMJ/TMD problems? 

There are several factors that can lead to TMD, including:

  • Genetics
  • Arthritis
  • High-stress levels
  • Injury/trauma to the face or jaw

What are the symptoms of TMD? 

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you may have TMD:

  • Pain in the jaw joint area
  • Clicking or popping noises from the jaw joint
  • Trouble opening mouth wide
  • Chronic headaches and migraines 

How is TMJ/TMD treated? 

Treatment for TMD is customized based on the patient’s unique situation. Dr. Barsanti will develop a treatment plan based on the patient and the severity of their condition. This plan may include using a personalized dental appliance (also called oral appliance therapy) designed to reposition your jaw and reduce tension on the joint and surrounding muscles. The plan may also include pain relief therapy with a laser.  With the help of Dr. Barsanti,, pain relief might be a few appointments away! 

How do I get a proper diagnosis and seek treatment for TMJ/TMD? 

Dr. Trish Barsanti and her team at Barsanti Dental Group work with patients in the community of Arcata, CA, and beyond who are struggling with the development of TMJ/TMD symptoms and are seeking TMD pain relief. Whether you need a mouth splint, laser pain relief, or are considering orthodontic treatment to help realign the bite, Dr. Trish Barsanti can assist. Call (707) 388-3880 to request a consultation at 1108 8th Street. 

We look forward to meeting you and helping you with your oral health concerns.