TMJ Therapy – Panama City, FL

Say Goodbye to Your
Jaw and Face Pain

When a joint in your body is thrown off balance, it can result in some very painful problems. That’s perhaps especially true of the temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, that connects the lower jaw to the rest of the skull. TMJ disorders cause no end of discomfort, and they can make it difficult to open and close your mouth. If you set up a visit with Dr. Waheed, he can diagnose your TMJ disorder and offer an appropriate form of TMJ therapy in our Panama City, FL dental office, so you can stop the pain and give your jaw time to heal.

Why Choose Baldwin Family Dental for TMJ Therapy?

  • Expertly Designed Oral Appliances
  • BOTOX Injections Available
  • Focus on Patient Comfort First

Diagnosis & Treatment

X-ray of jaw and skull used for T M J therapy diagnosis and treatment planning

There are a few different causes of TMJ disorders, and the symptoms aren’t exactly the same in each case. Common signs of a damaged jaw joint include:

  • Pain and tenderness around the jaw
  • A clicking or popping sound in the jaw joints
  • Your mouth locking in place periodically
  • Discomfort located around the ear

Let us know during your next checkup if you’ve experienced any of these symptoms. We can check for signs of a TMJ disorder and develop a treatment plan accordingly.

Occlusal Splints

hand holding occlusal splint

An occlusal splint resembles a mouthguard that you might wear for sports. The appliance is designed to readjust the resting position of the upper and lower jaw so that less stress is placed on the jaw while your mouth is closed. It also offers protection against nighttime grinding of the teeth, which is often linked to TMJ disorders. If you wear your splint long enough, the adjustments to the jaw will eventually become permanent, thus resolving the source of your pain.

BOTOX Injections

Closeup of patient receiving Botox injections

BOTOX works by temporarily paralyzing certain muscles in your face so that they no longer make unconscious contractions. This treatment is usually performed to smooth out wrinkles, but in recent years it has been shown to help treat TMJ disorders as well. A quick injection will relieve the tension in the joint and stop the movements that are contributing to your headaches and jaw pain. Full relief can take up to a week, but many people start feeling better within the first couple of days.