TMJ disorders cause tenderness and pain in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) — the joint on each side of your head, in front of your ears, where your lower jawbone meets your skull. This joint allows you to talk, chew and yawn.
Between 5 and 15 percent of people in the United States experience pain associated with TMJ disorders, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, part of the National Institutes of Health. Women are more likely than men to develop TMJ disorders.In most cases, pain and discomfort associated with TMJ disorders can be alleviated with self-managed care or nonsurgical treatments such as laser therapy.
Dr. Dara Rosenberg, DDS, Director, Department of Dentistry St. Barnabus Hospital in the Bronx has performed multiple pilot studies with low level laser therapy using a BIOLASE diode laser for myofacial pain and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction on patients who have few treatment options left. “Outcomes have been very positive over the years,” said Rosenberg. “These chronic conditions can now be managed non-invasively and non-pharmacologically. Our clinical experience with the laser has shown improvement in both pain relief and return to function. It has enabled patients who have been on medication for extended periods of time to reduce, and eliminate the medications and avoid surgical intervention. Because it is non-invasive, more practitioners should expand its use for the benefit of all patients.”
At DentAlign Studio Dr Scopu can use this laser technology to administer 20 minute sessions to manage TMJ pain. Dr Scopu reccomentds 3-4 sessions every 2-3 days.