Put a finger just in front of either ear at the end of your cheekbone. That’s where your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is located. This complicated system of muscles and ligaments is responsible for many important tasks, including pronouncing words and enabling your teeth to chew and grind your food. Unfortunately, your TMJ can run into problems, also called temporomandibular disorder or TMD. The good news is that Dr. Sepe is qualified to provide the TMJ/TMD therapy in Poway, CA that you need to resolve your TMD symptoms.
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you may have TMJ issues:
Dr. Sepe can evaluate your jaw to determine the source of your discomfort. Then, he can explain your treatment options and help you find a solution and alleviate the pain.
Did you know that the source of your TMD can occur during your sleep? If you clench or grind your teeth in your sleep (called bruxism), it can put excessive stress on the TMJ and wear down the enamel on your teeth. Through an occlusal adjustment, we can separate the upper and lower teeth. This simple oral appliance can help prevent future dental emergencies by preserving the tooth enamel.
Sometimes, you can develop TMD when your upper and lower teeth are not properly aligned with each other. If your teeth don’t have the ideal alignment, it can strain the muscles in your jaw, causing your TMD symptoms. To correct this problem, we may be able to straighten your teeth and correct your bite or use an occlusal splint, which is designed to guide the jaw as it moves side to side and front to back.
If your TMJ problems result from strain in the muscles around it, we may be able to use Botox injections to decrease your pain. Known for its ability to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, Botox is a toxin that relaxes facial muscles and can eliminate headaches and other symptoms of TMD when administered in the right areas. Dr. Sepe has the expertise to handle these injections and knows exactly where to place them for optimal results.