Dr. Thoppay provides advanced evaluation for jaw pain and TMJ-related conditions and provides laser therapies, trigger injections, minimally invasive jaw management treatments, and other remedial measures. We offer time-sensitive appointments and advanced treatment procedures for complex facial pain and oral diseases. The following advanced procedures are available at our center.
We apply digital technology and advanced tools to provide time-efficient treatments such as photobiomodulation, trigger injections, and TMD non-invasive therapies. We offer a quick turnaround time on mouthguards and TMD therapy-related oral appliances.
Cone Beam CT
This low-dose radiation advanced imaging technique provides finer details to aid diagnosis. Imaging for Orofacial diseases and clinical reports help evaluate orofacial pain, airway assessment, TMJ analysis, and certain orofacial conditions.
A trigger point injection involves the injection of medication directly into the pain triggering points. The injection technique uses medications such as a long-acting numbing medication or Botox based on your clinical needs. Trigger point injections treat several conditions, including fibromyalgia, headache, and myofascial pain syndrome in the oral and maxillofacial regions. Botox or a local anesthetic may be used depending on your diagnosis.
Laser therapy in oral healthcare provides a more comfortable experience. At our practice, we can deliver a precise treatment that is minimally invasive, more comfortable, quicker and provides more stunning results. Laser therapy may need minimal anesthesia, and some procedures may not even needle a needle stick. Laser therapy is beneficial in many areas of dental care, such as managing gum disease, teeth whitening, fixing cavities, mouth sore healing, burning mouth treatment, and jaw pain management.
How does laser therapy work?
Lasers produce intense beams of light at specific wavelengths. When the right wavelength at the right intensity is used at the correct anatomical location for the right time, we can stimulate repair, resolve inflammation, and reduce pain. In Dentistry, two types of lasers are used. They are hard tissue and soft tissue lasers depending on the wavelength.
One of the primary mechanisms is the effect of light on cytochrome c oxidase and, consequently, the unbinding of nitric oxide and release of ATP, leading to improved cellular function. For anti-inflammatory effects, we have found a measurable reduction in PGE2, TNF Alpha, and IL-6 in the synovia surrounding damaged tendons. For analgesia, high-intensity lasers over nerve supply can inhibit fast axonal flow. In addition, high-intensity single-point lasers can release trigger points and treat acupuncture points instead of needles.
Who can benefit from laser therapy?
Laser therapy has wide applications in orofacial disease, disorders, and oral conditions. This is a non-pharmacological therapy that can benefit without any significant side effects. Conditions such as oral lesions, mucositis, burning mouth syndrome, and facial pain are known to be chronic. The management of these conditions can be complex. Medical management may have side effects, and surgical management may not provide much benefit. Such conditions can benefit from laser therapy. Additionally, therapy may benefit chronic periodontal conditions, tissue inflammation, and inflammatory conditions.
Low-level Laser Therapy
Photobiomodulation (PBM Therapy), previously known as Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT), applies a special range of light over injuries or lesions to improve wound and soft tissue healing, reduce inflammation and give relief to both acute and chronic pain. Beneficial in the treatment of TMJ and Facial Pain disorders.
Oral Appliances and mouthguards
TMJ appliances are customized to your specific jaw condition. Your jaw position affects the alignment in your TMJ and the position of your bite, head, neck, airway, and tongue. They often need to be worn during the day and night. There are several types of mouthguard designs to establish jaw and posture stability. We use digital technology to design the right type of oral appliance that is custom designed and fabricated based on your clinical condition.
What are the benefits of oral appliance therapy?
Oral appliance therapy provides many benefits, such as:
- It prevents further damage or wears and tear to your teeth
- Decreases pain and discomfort from TMJ and other issues
- Comfort, Biofeedback, and jaw calibration
- Portable and Convenient for travel
- Effective results
Whether you’re grinding your teeth, your jaw is locking, or dealing with sleep apnea CPAP/BiPAP-related jaw pain, oral appliance therapy can be a successful solution.