Laser Treatment for TMJ
It is estimated that TMJ disorders affect over 10 million Americans, mostly women between 20 and 40 years of age. TMJ pain can result from trauma to the joint but for many, the cause of their pain is difficult to diagnose and therefore difficult to treat. When simple therapies such as anti-inflammatory medication and jaw rest do not produce results, laser treatment may be the key to recovering your quality of life.
What is laser treatment for TMJ?
Dr. Mizrahi sees patients with varying degrees of TMJ disorder. For some patients, TMJ results in mild pain and slight impairment in jaw function, for others it can be severe. The majority of facial pain actually stems from TMJ disorders as the pain can radiate outward to the neck and affecting muscles and ligaments in the face. Often patients suffer from frequent headaches caused by inflammation of the muscles that are used to open and close the mouth.
Laser treatment uses light photons (energy) to penetrate deep into the tissues surrounding the temporomandibular joint as well as the joint itself. Laser energy decreases inflammation deep in the tissues that produces almost immediate relief. It also stimulates healing.
Laser machines are rated by power output
As a top TMJ surgeon Los Angeles area oral and maxillofacial surgeon Dr. Parvaz Mizrahi uses state-of-the-art laser equipment in her targeted TMJ treatment. A maxillofacial surgeon is specially trained to treat all areas of the jaws and the face such as TMJ disorder.
All cold laser machines are FDA approved medical devices which have proven to be safe and effective in the treatment of pain. Cold laser therapy machines are classified according to the power output. For reference a Class 3 laser produces the same amount of power as a standard laser pointer. Class 3a and 3b lasers output no more than .5 watts of energy and are used in therapies requiring penetration of only a few millimeters such as wound healing. Laser machines producing over .5 watts of energy are all designated Class 4 lasers.
Why are they called cold laser machines?
The low energy output of therapeutic lasers does not heat the tissues. Lasers that are used in surgery produce over 100 watts of energy. Laser machines used for therapy, as in TMJ treatment, produce the light in a larger area, about the size of a quarter. Surgical, high energy lasers produce pinpoint laser light which can then be used to cut tissue. Cold lasers are perfectly safe and comfortable.
Meet Dr. Parvaz Mizrahi
An award-winning, board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. Mizrahi practices the full scope of oral and facial surgery in her state-of-the-art Beverly Hills office. With her extensive training and surgical skills, Dr. Mizrahi is qualified to treat virtually any disease, injury or defect of the mouth, face and jaw.
Distinguished by her caring demeanor and gentle touch, Dr. Mizrahi is celebrated for her ability to put patients at ease and deliver safe and comfortable treatment. With years of experience, countless awards and unparalleled technical expertise, Dr. Mizrahi has earned her reputation for delivering some of the best laser treatment for TMJ pain.Meet Dr. Mizrahi
Laser treatment for TMJ
Class 4 lasers produce over .5 watts of energy and have the power to penetrate deeper into the tissues. The benefits of a higher energy laser are twofold:
- Larger volumes of tissue can be treated
- Deeper penetration is more effective at pain management
The temporomandibular joint is unique in the body as it regulates two motions; up and down and side to side. The muscles that support and cross the joint create force on the joint and can become inflamed for a number of reasons. Laser treatment for TMJ gives patients immediate pain relief producing a feeling of warmth at the deep site of pain. Other than pain relief, laser therapy has other health benefits which can contribute to long term healing.
Laser treatment for TMJ promotes healing
Initially laser treatment reduces inflammation and enhances tissue healing by stimulating the production of more red blood cells in the area. Laser therapy also increases lymphatic movement and increases oxygenation of the damaged tissues which in turn cause them to regenerate healthy cells. Another reason to have laser treatment for TMJ is that laser energy stimulates an enzyme present in all cells to produce more energy which in turn speeds up the healing process.
How many treatments will I need?
The experience of each patient is unique depending on the degree of distress to the joint and muscles. Most patients feel significant relief after 2 or 3 treatments as the inflammation goes down. However, to get the full benefit of the healing aspects of laser treatment for TMJ a full course of between 6 to 12 treatments is recommended. Failing to complete the recommended series of treatment will not allow the body to fully heal and the pain may return. Since the treatments are only about 5 to 10 minutes long, patients can schedule this over their lunch break.
Get out of pain – contact Dr. Mizrahi
Laser treatment for TMJ pain is painless, non invasive and has health benefits that far exceed any relief provided by a drug. Dr. Mizrahi is a dedicated to helping her patients out of the debilitating cycle of pain caused by TMJ disorder. As a top TMJ surgeon in Los Angeles, she has helped scores of patients regain their quality of life by minimizing or eliminating TMJ pain from their lives. If you are one of the 10 million Americans suffering with some degree of TMJ disorder, schedule an appointment with top TMJ surgeon in Los Angeles, Dr. Mizrahi, to find out how she can help you.