TMJ laser therapy -- painless, non-invasive, and safe procedure
Do you experience frequent pain in or around your jaw? This discomfort could be caused by a TMJ disorder.
What are TMJ Disorders?
The temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, connects the jawbone to the skull. This joint performs both sliding and hinge actions, allowing the jaw to open, close, and move in circular motions. The bones that make these movements possible are covered in cartilage and separated from the jaw by a small, shock-absorbing disk.
TMJ disorders occur when: the disk erodes or moves out of place; the cartilage surrounding the bones becomes damaged; the teeth or joint become damaged; these disorders cause pain and discomfort in the jaw joint and the muscles that control it.
The most common TMJ symptoms include: pain or tenderness in the jaw; pain in the temple area; aching around or in the ear; aching facial pain;difficulty or pain while chewing;joint locking.
Laser treatment for TMJ pain is a painless, non-invasive, and safe procedure that has health benefits that far exceed any relief provided by a drug. The laser uses light photons and produces different watts of energy to penetrate deep into inflamed tissues surrounding the temporomandibular joint as well as deep into the joint itself. TMJ handpiece that emits light is moved over the skin and produces a warming sensation as it starts to work on the affected tissues. 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 oxygenation of the damaged tissues. This in turn causes them to regenerate healthy cells. Laser treatment for TMJ disorders has also been shown to stimulate an enzyme present in all cells to produce more energy which then speeds up the healing process.