Don't let jaw pain or frequent headaches keep you from a happy, healthy, life. Dr. Cattaneo offers comfortable relief for TMJ-related pain to patients from Prairie Village and beyond.Learn More >
TMJ Therapy in
Prairie Village, KS
Treating TMJ Dysfunction, Headaches and Migraines with Trigger Point Therapy and Bite Guards
What Is TMJ Dysfunction?
TMJ dysfunction is a condition that affects the small, triangular-shaped joints located in front of your ears. These joints have the important job of connecting the lower jaw and the temporal bone. When functioning properly, they are what make it possible for you to easily open and close your mouth. For some patients, though, they don’t function the way they should, often because of a misaligned bite or because of stress and teeth grinding/clenching. When these joints dysfunction, their nerve endings can become exposed, resulting in a range of mild to severe symptoms, like headaches, jaw clicking, difficulty chewing, or pain in the neck, back, and shoulders.
What Is Trigger Point Therapy?
Thankfully, you don’t have to live with the discomfort of TMJ dysfunction. If you’ve been struggling with any of these symptoms, let Dr. Cattaneo talk to you about trigger point therapy. Dr. Cattaneo studied this effective, drug-free therapy as a student at Stanford University. Since then, he’s used it to help many patients in Prairie Village and beyond find relief and a new sense of health and wellbeing. With trigger point therapy, massaging pressure is applied to muscular and joint trigger points, relieving tension and pain. It’s a simple but effective technique that Dr. Cattaneo can teach you to use on your own for relief when you need it.
Additional Care with a Custom-Made Bite Guard
Treatment with trigger point therapy is just one way that Dr. Cattaneo can help you enjoy relief from TMJ pain. We can provide additional care with a custom-made bite guard. A bite guard works by correcting the patient’s underlying bite issues, or by preventing grinding and clenching. Our lab will make a customized bite guard for you using an impression of your mouth and other data we collect during your consultation.
If your painful TMD symptoms are keeping you living from a healthier, happier life, let us talk to you about effective, drug-free treatment with trigger-point therapy and a custom-made bite guard.
Call our Prairie Village office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Cattaneo. We offer comprehensive general, cosmetic, and restorative care to patients from Overland Park, Leawood, Mission, Merriam, Shawnee, and all surrounding communities. Together, we can help you have a happier, healthier smile.