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Does TENS Therapy work for TMJ pain?

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Summary

TENS therapy provides much-needed pain relief for people suffering from TMJ pain.

It also allows for your dentist to reevaluate the balance of your bite in its relaxed state and get to the root cause of your pain.

From there consistent treatment and regular TENS therapy will help reduce your TMJ problems and improve your quality of life.

Does TENS Therapy work for TMJ pain?

Is your jaw giving you trouble?

Do you suffer from teeth clenching or teeth grinding?

Well if you do or know someone who does, the best thing you can do is understand your jaw and how it functions.

This useful information will serve as a great tool in understanding how to deal with your jaw pain.

Jaw pain can be caused by a variety of things and can present with multiple symptoms. Identifying those symptoms is the first step in getting some help.

TMJ, or Temporo Mandibular joint syndrome, is characterized by pain and dysfunction in the jaw joints. TMJ can be caused by a number of different conditions; and because there are a number of causes of TMJ, there are several treatment options ranging from medication to surgery.

However, before we can decide on the type of treatment you should get, it is imperative to get a diagnosis. We need to see what works properly and what is damaged.

The process of figuring out all of this as well as how to prevent pain is called a TMJ screening.

Once the screening is complete, Dr. Safavi will discuss the various treatment options with you.

TMJ Treatment Options

Now when it comes to treatment, there is no such thing as a universal TMJ treatment method. Proper TMJ treatment requires diagnosis and therapy as complex as the condition itself. To provide you with an optimum bite that gives you a beautiful smile as well as healthy muscles and joints, your dentist will evaluate and study the complex relationship between your teeth and jaw joints and then apply neuromuscular principles to build your bite.

There are several different treatment options available, however, for this blog post, we will be focusing on TENS therapy.

What is TENS Therapy?

TENS, also known as Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation, is a therapy that involves the use of low-voltage electric currents to treat pain.

A small device delivers the current at or near nerves. TENS therapy blocks or changes your perception of pain.

The TENS device will send electrical impulses to the nerves in your TMJ (temporomandibular joint) as a way to relax your tense jaw muscles to allow diagnosis and treatment of your TMJ symptoms. The TENS system is completely painless so there is no need to be anxious when receiving this treatment.

Once your jaw joints are in a relaxed position, Dr. Safavi will then reevaluate the balance of your bite in its relaxed state and find the ideal at-rest position for your bite.

Why Is TENS Therapy Important?

Other than its immediate advantage of relieving pain, TENS therapy is important because it helps us establish your true bite.

Rather than relying on your present jaw position as being the best for you, your dentist will use this additional objective information to determine if your bite should be left as is or be adjusted to a more optimal occlusion.

Benefits of TENS Therapy

  • It is a non-invasive method for relieving pain.
  • Reduced intake of pain medications, some of which can be addictive.
  • Added insight into what is going on behind just the appearance of your smile
  • Addresses issues that affect your overall health and well-being
  • Improved sleep patterns
  • Decreased pain signals
  • Increases motion and function
  • Natural massager
  • Retrains nerves effectively
  • It reduces inflammation
  • Provides quicker rehabilitation and reduces fear
  • Reduces fatigue and tiredness
  • Affordable pain relief solution

Summary

TENS therapy provides much-needed pain relief for people suffering from TMJ pain.

It also allows for your dentist to reevaluate the balance of your bite in its relaxed state and get to the root cause of your pain.

From there consistent treatment and regular TENS therapy will help reduce your TMJ problems and improve your quality of life.

Let us take care of you and reduce your pain. Schedule your TMJ screening with us today!

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