Dr. Sanovich and our medical team seek to know patients in a way that facilitates and encourages lifestyle changes that lead to a pain-free future. We partner with our patients, taking the time to listen to their concerns while helping them understand the relationship between joint and muscle and the steps needed toward long-term healthy jaw function. The great majority of TMJ disorders are successfully treated non-surgically, and the first step is to meet with Dr. Sanovich to discuss simple home-care treatments. We believe working together as a team (self-care and professional care) delivers the best results when it comes to TMJ disorders and restoring harmony to your jaw.
Self-care TMJ treatments
The first thing you can do to experience TMJ relief is rest your jaw. This may require you to engage in some breathing and relaxation exercises, but most importantly, focus on keeping your teeth apart (rather than clenching) when you’re not swallowing or eating. Also, eating soft foods provides rest for your jaw, and applying ice or heat to the sore areas may alleviate pain. When you meet with Dr. Sanovich, he may recommend specific exercises for your jaw and techniques for practicing good jaw posture. Set up your consultation with us today! Dallas Surgical Arts Phone Number 972-566-4900
Non-surgical TMJ treatments
- Knowledge – Our goal is to educate our patients first, so they can develop healthy lifestyle habits that minimize the causes and effects of TMJ disorders.
- Stress management – Stress induced habits, such as clenching or grinding teeth, can lead to TMJ disorders.
- Imaging — We use cutting edge CT scans to effectively diagnose and rule out other potential explanations for discomfort.
- Medication – Medicine can make a patient more confortable, reducing pain and inflammation.
- Physical therapy – Exercising muscles around the joint can foster better posture, stronger muscles, increased range of jaw mobility, and less pain.
- Injections – Injections to the trigger points often aid in reducing inflammation while reducing muscle pain.
- Botox – Injected into facial muscles that are sore from TMJ and jaw tension, Botox can relax stressed areas, relieving symptoms of discomfort.
Call us today to schedule an appointment to discuss any of your TMJ questions! Dallas Surgical Arts Phone Number 972-566-4900