Dear Valued Patient of D&P Dentistry, 


We are happy to report that we are able to start the process of a soft reopening as of May 11th.  However, there will be many policy changes made within the office that will be utilized at least for the first several weeks of as we adapt to these uncertain times.  We will be seeing patients at half capacity in order to practice optimum infection control, social distancing and also to control the burn rate of our personal protective equipment as it will still not be readily available in the future. 


 If you have an upcoming appointment and plan to reschedule PLEASE call us asap! As we are continuing to work on the schedule and accommodate everyone. The following are important steps patients should be informed of...


1.  Please arrive promptly for you appointment, remain in your car and call the office at (352) 331-4626 when you arrive.  
2.  Please wear your face covering or mask in the office (pursuant to the state of Florida office of the governor executive order number 20-11 and Alachua County Commissioner. 
3. A staff member will meet you at your car where you will be screened. We will check your temperature and pulse ox and have you fill out a questionnaire.  
4. We will take you straight back to the treatment room for your procedure. 
5. We ask that anyone accompanying you remain in the car. 


  * Please bring a jacket or blanket if you normally get cold! The temperature will be down and we will be wearing added gear. 


While some things seem so different we hope you find comfort knowing that at we are taking all necessary steps to protect our patients and staff.  Under all the masks and face shields the same familiar faces you are used to seeing will be taking care of you! 
                           

Thank you for your support!

 D&P Dentistry Team
 

We will continue to provide updates as needed. 

Non-Surgical TMJ Disorder Treatment

Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder can cause a range of uncomfortable and distressing symptoms, including facial pain and lockjaw. Fortunately, there are a variety of non-surgical TMJ treatments available which can reduce or eliminate these symptoms and improve the health of your jaw. In many cases, TMJ disorder, also known as TMD, responds well to home care techniques and other conservative, non-surgical treatments. A dentist who has experience treating TMD can evaluate your symptoms and recommend a treatment plan tailored to restoring the comfort and proper function of your smile.

The Benefits of Non-Surgical Treatment

For patients with TMJ disorder, non-surgical treatments offer significant benefits. These treatment options are conservative, reversible, and do not involve the recovery time associated with surgery. Typically, non-surgical treatment options are more affordable than surgery as well. 

Your Treatment Options

Depending on the severity of your symptoms and your lifestyle, your dentist can recommend a non-surgical treatment to reduce your discomfort and improve your jaw health. Non-surgical treatments for TMD range from home care techniques to alternative methods, such as BOTOX®.

Home Care 

Mild to moderate symptoms of TMD often respond to self-care techniques at home. Some common home care treatments include:

  • Taking over-the-counter medications, such as aspirin or Tylenol®
  • Avoiding jaw movements which stress the joints, such as wide yawning or excessive gum chewing
  • Improving the posture
  • Using ice packs or moist heat on the jaw joints
  • Practicing stress management and relaxation techniques

Changing your diet can also help minimize the amount of stress placed on your temporomandibular joints. Limiting your intake of hard foods which require a lot of chewing can take stress off of your TMJs and reduce your symptoms.

Mouthguards

A custom mouthguard fits over teeth to prevent clenching and grinding. Depending on the type of symptoms you experience, your dentist may recommend a simple mouthguard to limit your ability to grind your teeth or a more complex guard specifically designed for TMD.

Orthodontics

If your TMJ disorder is related to a misalignment, your dentist may suggest orthodontic treatment, such as a splint, braces, retainers, or Invisalign®. These treatments can realign your smile for a more comfortable bite which, in turn, can address your symptoms.

Jaw Exercises

Based on an analysis of your jaw movements, your dentist can teach you certain exercises so you can learn to control your jaw muscles and eliminate clenching. These simple exercises are often performed in front of a mirror.

Physical Therapy

For persistent symptoms of TMD, your dentist or doctor may refer you to a physical therapist who can combine multiple treatments together to help improve your symptoms. Common treatment used in physical therapy include ultrasound, moist heat, and ice, along with stretches and exercises.

Prescription Medications

Certain prescription medications, such as muscle relaxers and higher doses of NSAID pain relievers, can provide relief for the symptoms of TMD. If your concerns are related to stress or other mood issues, your doctor may recommend anti-anxiety medication or antidepressants.

Restoring proper bite alignment can often eliminate the symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorder.

Restorative Dental Work

In some cases, placing crowns or reshaping certain teeth can adjust the position of the jaw and reduce stress on the TMJs. Restoring proper bite alignment can often eliminate the symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorder.

Neuromuscular TMJ Treatment

The goal of neuromuscular TMJ treatment is to realign the jaw and reduce inflammation in the surrounding muscles. This treatment method involves the use of computer imaging systems to provide personalized two-stage treatment plans involving multiple treatments. 

Trigger-Point Injections

For some symptoms, injecting pain medication or anesthesia directly into tender face muscles can provide relief from pain and discomfort. 

Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)

This alternative treatment for TMJ disorder uses low-level electrical currents to relax the jaw joint and facial muscles for pain relief.

Radio Wave Therapy

For some patients, stimulating the TMJs using radio waves can increase blood flow to the area and reduce pain.

Low-Level Laser Therapy

Certain types of therapeutic lasers can lower pain and inflammation in the joints, restoring proper range of motion in the neck and jaw joints.

There is evidence which suggests that BOTOX can reduce hyperactivity in the jaw muscles and prevent clenching and grinding.

BOTOX for TMJ

There is evidence which suggests that BOTOX can reduce hyperactivity in the jaw muscles and prevent clenching and grinding. Limiting these destructive habits can reduce the level of stress on the temporomandibular joints, providing relief from pain and other symptoms. 

Eliminate Your Symptoms without Surgery

By choosing a conservative, non-surgical treatment for TMJ disorder, you can reduce your symptoms without costly and invasive surgical procedures. Learn more about your non-surgical treatment options for TMJ disorder by contacting a doctor today. 

D&P Dentistry

The team of dental professionals at D&P Dentistry provides exceptional dental work and patient education to help you and your family achieve your best smiles. Our doctors are affiliated with:

  • American Dental Association
  • Alachua County Dental Association

To schedule an appointment at our Gainesville, FL, office, please contact us online or call (352) 331-4626.

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