TMJ Treatment in Birmingham, AL

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TMJ Treatment in Birmingham, Alabama

If you believe you may be suffering from symptoms of Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorder, finding a trusted, experienced dentist in the Birmingham, Alabama, area is crucial to finding relief. 


TMJ symptoms can greatly impact patients’ lives, disrupting personal and professional spaces. Dr. Paul Koch at Koch Aesthetic Dentistry in Birmingham, Alabama, understands the difficulty presented by TMJ and designs personalized treatment plans and strategies to alleviate those symptoms and provide relief to patients. We offer a variety of treatment options in our comfortable, spa-like dentist office and welcome patients suffering from TMJ to schedule an appointment and find relief.

What is TMJ Disorder?

TMJ, or Temporomandibular Joint, Disorder is a disorder of the nerves and muscles surrounding the temporomandibular joint. Also referred to as TMD, this disorder causes symptoms that can greatly disrupt everyday life. 


The TMJ is a hinge joint that connects the jaw with the base of the skull, allowing the jaw to move up and down, as well as side to side, so that you can chew, drink, talk, and more. When the muscles, bones, or nerves are misaligned or stressed, patients experience a variety of symptoms, leading to TMD.

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TMJ Symptoms

There are a variety of symptoms caused by a misalignment or stress to the temporomandibular joint. These symptoms can present across the body and greatly impact the patients’ quality of life. 


Patients experiencing temporomandibular disorder (TMD) include: 


  • Chronic headaches
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Jaw discomfort
  • Facial pain or swelling
  • Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
  • Limited jaw movement
  • Discomfort when chewing or swallowing


At Koch Aesthetic Dentistry, Dr. Koch understands the importance of quickly alleviating these symptoms to restore the patients’ quality of life.

TMJ Treatment Options at Koch Aesthetic Dentistry

There are a number of causes of TMD symptoms, including: 


  • Teeth grinding and clenching
  • A poor bite or misalignment
  • Stress
  • Poor posture


At Koch Aesthetic Dentistry, we offer a variety of treatment options depending on the cause of the symptoms. Dr. Koch uses advanced imaging technology during a thorough exam to determine which treatment options will work best for each patient. We understand that each patient is different, and the cause of their pain may be due to one or several items listed above. 


Our treatment options include: 


  • A TMJ splint, which is a small oral appliance to reduce the strain on the muscles surrounding the TMJ
  • Botox, which relieves muscle tension by disrupting the signals sent from the muscles around the TMJ and the brain. 


In some cases, Dr. Koch may recommend using both Botox and the TMJ splint, to reduce pain, ease tension, reduce teeth clenching and grinding, and ultimately heal the TMJ bones, nerves, and surrounding muscles. 

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Dr. Paul Koch

Visit Koch Aesthetic Dentistry in Birmingham for TMJ Treatment

Find relief from symptoms of TMD with an experienced, trusted dentist at Koch Aesthetic Dentistry in Birmingham, Alabama. Dr. Koch provides personalized treatment plans for patients suffering from the symptoms of TMJ Disorder, helping patients restore their quality of life. 


We understand the difficulties presented by this disorder, and our treatment strategies address the entire temporomandibular joint area, including the bones, nerves, and muscles. Request an appointment online or give us a call at 205-729-7785 to find relief from TMD in Birmingham, Alabama.

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