TMJ Physical Therapy
Your mouth and jaw are comprised of many moving parts, with the temporomandibular joint, muscles, teeth, tongue and ligaments all working together to chew, yawn, speak and smile. TMJ syndrome occurs when any of these components become misaligned, fatigued, imbalanced or have other issues. Like other areas of the body, physical therapy can be used to restore the balance in these components. This is similar, in theory, to therapy after a knee or other joint injury. At Bob Perkins, DDS, in Malibu, we offer TMJ physical therapy to relieve pain and other symptoms to improve oral and overall health for our patients.
Some cases of TMJ may require orthodontics or dental treatments to resolve issues in the bite and arch alignment. However, if the muscles are knotted or have another strain, it may be possible to massage or adjust them to improve comfort in the jaw. Dr. Perkins uses specialized techniques to release tension in the jaw and adjust the lower jaw into a more balanced position. This procedure can be performed in one session and often gives immediate pain relief for those suffering from TMJ.
Non-Invasive TMJ Treatment
Whenever possible, Dr. Perkins prefers to use a non-invasive approach for treating TMJ syndrome. If discomfort, dysfunction or pain can be remedied through TMJ physical therapy, it is worth using this approach over other treatments. For most patients, physical therapy can help relieve TMJ pain and other symptoms, even if other treatments like orthodontics are also needed.
If you live in the Malibu area and want relief from your TMJ symptoms, come visit us at Bob Perkins, DDS. We are TMJ specialists that can uncover the cause of your jaw joint issue and create a treatment plan for sustained relief, including the use of TMJ physical therapy. Contact our office today to schedule your TMJ consultation.
Our Happy Patients
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He is the best dentist I have ever been to and I don’t see myself ever changing unless I move out of state. He is worth the drive from anywhere and it gives you a great reason to take a vacation day and to go to the beach as well.
I broke my tooth during the holidays and Dr Perkins saw me immediately even though he was supposed to leave for the holidays. And the staff are as charming and caring as he is. I walked out of there within an hour with my temporary tooth in place and not one ounce of pain. He’s the best !
Always a pleasure to see the dentist knowing my smile is improving! Bob is caring and I tell all my good friends about him & people who appreciate beauty and attention to detail.
Tel: (310) 456-5700
24955 Pacific Coast Highway, Ste. C100
Malibu, CA 90265