Laser for TMJ Disorders (TMD)
What is Laser Treatment for TMJ?
Dr. Goth sees patients with varying degrees of TMJ disorder. For some patients, TMJ disorder results in mild pain and slight impairment in jaw function, for others it can be severe. The majority of facial pain actually stems from TMJ disorders as the pain can radiate outward to the neck and affecting muscles and ligaments in the face. Often patients suffer from frequent headaches caused by inflammation of the muscles that are used to open and close the mouth. In addition, cervical neck dysfunction can contribute to symptoms in the head, neck and TMJ areas.
The temporomandibular joint is unique in the body as it regulates two motions; up and down and side to side. The muscles that support and cross the joint create force on the joint and can become inflamed for a number of reasons. Laser treatment for TMJ can give patients immediate pain relief producing a feeling of warmth at the deep site of pain. Other than pain relief, laser therapy has other health benefits which can contribute to long term healing.
Laser treatment uses light photons (energy) to penetrate deep into the tissues surrounding the temporomandibular joint as well as the joint itself. Laser energy decreases inflammation deep in the tissues that produces almost immediate relief. It also stimulates healing through an increase in circulation.
What is Laser Therapy?
Dr. Goth uses state-of-the-art laser equipment in his targeted TMJ treatment. A maxillofacial surgeon is specially trained to treat all areas of the jaws and the face such as TMJ disorder.
Lasers that are used in surgery produce over 100 watts of energy which is concentrated in a very small area allowing it to cut into the tissues. Laser technology used for therapy, as in TMJ treatment, distribute the light output over a larger area about the size of a quarter. The low concentration of energy output of therapeutic lasers does not injure the tissues. Laser therapy is safe and comfortable.
The benefits of a higher energy laser are twofold:
- Larger volumes of tissue can be treated
- Deeper penetration is more effective at pain management
Laser Treatment for TMJ Promotes Healing
Initially laser treatment reduces inflammation and enhances tissue healing by stimulating the production of more red blood cells in the area. Laser therapy also increases lymphatic movement and increases oxygenation of the damaged tissues which in turn cause them to regenerate healthy cells. Another reason to have laser treatment for TMJ disorder is that laser energy stimulates an enzyme present in all cells to produce more energy which in turn speeds up the healing process.
How many Treatments will I need?
The experience of each patient is unique depending on the degree of distress to the joint and muscles. Most patients feel significant relief after 2 or 3 treatments as the inflammation goes down. However, to get the full benefit of the healing aspects of laser treatment for TMJ a full course of between 6 to 12 treatments is recommended. Failing to complete the recommended series of treatment will not allow the body to fully heal and the pain may return. Since the treatments are only about 5 to 10 minutes long, patients can schedule this over their lunch break.
Get out of Pain – Contact Dr. Goth
Laser treatment for TMJ pain is painless, non invasive and has health benefits that far exceed any relief provided by a drug. Dr. Goth is a dedicated to helping his patients out of the debilitating cycle of pain caused by TMJ disorder. As double degree oral surgeon in Pittsburgh, he has helped scores of patients regain their quality of life by minimizing or eliminating TMJ pain from their lives. If you are one of the 10 million Americans suffering with some degree of TMJ disorder, schedule an appointment with Dr. Goth today to find out how is can help you.