Can Your Own Blood Help Your TMJ Disorder?
It might sound like something out of vampire movie, or maybe the latest Hollywood celebrity craze, but using a by-product from your own blood supply – Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) – might be the innovative solution you need to treat a chronic temporomandibular jaw joint (TMJ) disorder.
What is TMJ?
Remarkably, one in every four Americans suffers from a mild to severe TMJ disorder. Issues occur when one or both of the temporomandibular joints on the side of the jaw become dysfunctional through injury or repetitive movements – like grinding your teeth.
TMJ disorders can produce a broad range of symptoms that includes everything from loss of balance to head and shoulder pain to tooth sensitivity. If you think you may have TMJ, read more about it here.
What is PRP?
Your blood is not just that thick red liquid oozing through your arteries. It’s composed of several kinds of cells – red, white and platelets – each with their own purpose for supporting your healthy body.
Protein-rich platelets are the wound-healing superstars that clot your blood after you sustain an injury – you know, so you won’t bleed to death after getting a paper cut. They also contain growth factors (GFs) that are designed to speed the healing process by regenerating tissue and other body materials.
How PRP Helps TMJ
Research and recent usage have shown that PRP can help heal joint and muscle injuries as well as improve bone and blood vessel regeneration, when injected directly into the affected area. The growth factors in the PRP go to work to heal and repair tissue.
For the treatment of chronic recurrent TMJ dislocation, PRP can regrow connective tissue and ease symptoms that have not responded to other therapies. For many, it can reactivate the body’s natural ability to heal.
So, how does your doctor or dentist get your PRPs into your TMJ? We’ll tell you ASAP!
- Your own blood is drawn. Don’t worry! It’s a small amount you’ll never miss.
- The blood is separated into its cell components with a centrifuge machine. The liquid is spun around so fast, it eventually divides into red cells, white cells and platelets.
- The platelets are collected and injected into the affected area with the guidance of an ultrasound navigation system to confirm accuracy.
- You start healing!
Historically, PRP injections were only done in a hospital that had access to the necessary equipment, but today, many doctors and dentists offer the treatment as an out-patient procedure in the comfort of their office.
The process may sound a bit icky at first to the uninformed, but this remarkable treatment is safe, cost-effective and convenient for patients and doctors. Not to mention, it works!
Dr. Lawrence Singer is proud to offer PRP treatments for chronic TMJ disorders. Learn more at http://www.dcsmiles.com/.
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