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TMJ/TMD Therapy Can Ease Your Chronic Pain

Dr. Carroll talking to patient in dental chair If overly sensitive teeth, chronic jaw pain, and severe headaches are a regularly dreaded part of your daily routine, TMJ dysfunction may be the culprit. Thankfully, Dr. Carroll and Dr. Shoemaker are uniquely qualified to offer quality, lasting relief to patients in need. They’re both neuromuscular dentists with TMJ treatment at the Las Vegas Institute, and this specialty training gives them the ability to alleviate your debilitating disorder with various methods here in Shepherdsville.

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Equilibration & Occlusal Adjustments

One common cause of TMJ dysfunction is a misaligned bite. When the teeth don’t meet correctly, it can put too much pressure on certain areas of this mouth, resulting in strain and discomfort. Our doctors can correct this issue with occlusal adjustment. After capturing a detailed impression of your teeth and identifying the pressured spots, we will precisely adjust your teeth in order to create a much more harmonious bite. This technique is very minor, and we typically don’t need to remove more than a couple of millimeters of natural enamel.

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Occlusal Splints

An occlusal splint is a custom-made oral appliance that a patient needs to wear while they sleep each night. It works by comfortably shifting their resting jaw into a more ideal position, allowing the muscles to fully relax. These devices are convenient to use and easy to wear. In fact, consistent use may result in lasting relief from a patient’s case of TMJ dysfunction.

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Treatment with TENS Machine

Treating TMJ dysfunction with a TENS machine is a revolutionary, highly modern approach that can create positive improvements for patients in record time – no surgery or medication required! The device uses low-frequency signals to gradually relax the jaw muscles that are strained and help them heal. It does so through carefully placed electrode pads on the face, and patients shouldn’t feel more than a slight pulse. In fact, many people say that it feels just like getting a massage.

If you’re constantly experiencing awful jaw pain or excessive migraines, it’s time to learn whether or not you’re a victim of this harmful condition. Please contact Exceptional Dentistry today to set up an initial consultation. After coming up with a diagnosis, our doctors will do everything in their power to relieve your discomfort and help you get back to living life to the fullest.