TMJ PAIN SPECIALIST
We Treat All Types of TMJ Pain
TMJ Pain, Dysfunction, The QuickSplint & Custom Designed Bite Splint
Did you know that over 30% of adults in this country suffer from chronic facial pain. In our practice (during the COVID era) we’ve seen over 150 TMJ pain sufferers —some driving distance from points north and south. We’ve helped them all with a simple appliance called a QuickSplint. Customized to your bite, you’ll feel relief as it calms the muscles in spasm by taking you off your back teeth (often within minutes of wearing it). You see, what you think is joint pain is actually muscle spasms. Stress-related clenching and grinding taxes your system—when your bite is off just a tad (most are) grinding will make things ten times worse—think running with a pebble in your sneaker. Once we get you stable and comfortable, we’ll recommend a customized bite splint—a beautifully designed custom appliance that you’ll wear when sleeping.
Common signs and symptoms include:
- Any kind of headache (migraine, cluster, stress)
- Clicking or popping of the TMJ (jaw joint)
- Pain or locking of the TMJ
- Facial pain
- Jaw pain
- Ear pain
- Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
- Stuffiness in the ears
- Difficulty chewing
- Limited mouth opening
- Uncomfortable bite
- Teeth shifting position
- Excessively worn teeth
- Gum recession
- Cold or hot sensitivity of the teeth
- sensitivity or pain on teeth that have had endontic treatment
- Neck pain
- Deep pain behind the eyes
Dr. Bloom (a specialist in this area) has decades of advanced training and an impressive success record treating TMJ issues without medications, and non-invasively.
There are many causes for your TMJ dysfunction. The most common are bite issues caused made worse by grinding while sleeping, daytime clenching and/or poorly designed dental treatment that’s thrown off your correct alignment. Our first priority is to get you out of pain and we’ll fit you for a QuickSplint, that acts as a de-programmer to calm your muscle spasms. If you have limited jaw opening, we’ll treat with out high powered laser for rapid pain relief and deep tissue healing. Our goal is to keep you stable so we can pinpoint the origin of your pain.
For definitive treatment (short and long term) we believe in bite splint therapy. This therapy allows your joints to settle into their resting position (centric relation), your muscles will calm and your pain lessens. Your bite splint is also diagnostic aid. If you get relief from wearing your splint, then your issue is with your your bite and you don’t need surgery. Once he’s made your custom bite splint, he’ll adjust /customize so that you are 100% comfortable wearing it for sleep. For most patients once they sleep with one they’ll never ever give it up- sleeping sounder and waking rested. We have countless testimonials about our patient’s love affair with their bite splint. Just keep it our of harm’s way, our puppy almost made mine a chew toy.
For over 30 years, Dr. Bloom has successfully treated headache pain and related discomfort in the TMJ’s, facial muscles and tooth pain through bite splint therapy. Now a master in this discipline, with over 10,000 hours—he was fortunate to have taken TMD hands-on intensives from former masters, Peter Dawson DMD and Henry Gremmion DMD (University of Gainesville).