Orthopedic Dysfunction

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    Understanding Orthopedic Dysfunction & TMJ

    At the TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre of New Orleans, our expert team is dedicated to diagnosing and treating a range of conditions that affect your daily comfort and overall well-being. One such condition is Orthopedic Dysfunction related to Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) disorders.

    How is Orthopedic Dysfunction related to TMJ?

    Orthopedic Dysfunction refers to impairments in the musculoskeletal system, which includes bones, joints, muscles, and connective tissues. When it comes to TMJ disorders, this dysfunction often manifests in the jaw and surrounding structures. The temporomandibular joint connects your jaw to your skull, allowing for movements necessary for talking, chewing, and yawning. When this joint is affected by orthopedic dysfunction, it can lead to significant discomfort and limitations in movement.

    Symptoms of Orthopedic Dysfunction in TMJ

    Recognizing the symptoms of orthopedic dysfunction related to TMJ is crucial for timely and effective treatment. These symptoms can range from mild to severe, impacting your quality of life and daily activities. 

    • Jaw pain or tenderness
    • Difficulty or discomfort while chewing
    • Clicking or popping sounds in the jaw
    • Locking of the jaw joint, making it difficult to open or close your mouth
    • Headaches and neck pain
    • Earaches or ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
    • Facial pain or swelling

      Why Choose Us for Your TMJ Treatments?

      We are committed to providing comprehensive care tailored to your specific needs. Our team of specialists has extensive experience in diagnosing and treating TMJ disorders and related orthopedic dysfunctions. Beyond TMJ treatment, we offer a holistic approach to your overall health and well-being. Our multidisciplinary team collaborates to address all aspects of your condition, including sleep disorders, which are often related to TMJ issues.

      Don’t let TMJ-related orthopedic dysfunction disrupt your life any longer. Contact the TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre of New Orleans today to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards a pain-free and healthier you. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards a pain-free and healthier you.

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      Very Rev. Philip G. Landry

      5.0 ★★★★★

      Having been diagnosed with sleep apnea in 2003, I was fitted for a head-gear breathing apparatus to alleviate the condition. After struggling with discomfort and lack of sleep, I discontinued use of the device. During a visit to my cardiologist in 2017, I was ordered to take another sleep test which revealed that the condition had reached a dangerous level and that it must be addressed immediately. I shared with Dr. G. Johnson my concerns from the past and he informed me that a new mouth piece for this sleep disorder was available and referred me to Dr. Terry Billings, DDS.

      I contacted Dr. Billings and during my first appointment with him, after a series of tests, he determined that I had another condition, TMJ, which would have to be treated before addressing the sleep disorder. He explained to me that I would have to wear mouthpieces, one by day and one by night, for twelve weeks to correct this issue. My instant reaction was that as a Catholic priest serving as the rector of the St. Louis Cathedral, I often celebrate televised Masses during which a mouthpiece would certainly be a deterrent. Dr. Billings patiently and understandingly explained that I really had no option but assured me that he would be able to make weekly adjustments to the mouthpieces that would help with these concerns.

      Now as I approach the final weeks of this treatment, I am pleased to share that I have been most satisfied with the care and attention of both Dr. Billings and his staff. The level of professionalism and proficiency which I have experienced in the weekly office visits have made a challenging issue bearable. It is amazing to me what the treatment of the TMJ has done for my overall health and well-being and as I now await the mouthpiece to address my sleep disorder I am most grateful to Dr. Billings for his diagnosis and excellent treatment during this period of preparation for it.

      Arden Ballard, PA-C, MS

      5.0 ★★★★★

      You don’t hear that often about a dentist, but his attention to detail, meticulous examination and in-office testing led to uncovering a severely deviated septum that needed prompt surgical intervention. I’m forever grateful for him and his entire staff.

      Dr. Billings noticed that I checked yes to a few items on his questionnaire. When he began asking about my fatigue, sluggish feeling, etc. I blamed it on the kids and being a parent of two young boys. After his dental exam, he insisted that there could be more to my symptoms. After a chat, we decided to do an in-office Facial CT scan. It’s been 4 years since I had one, so I agreed. Everything was promptly scheduled, and their text reminders kept me on schedule.

      I did the CT scan, and Dr. Billings pointed out my severely deviated septum and recommended I get a prompt ENT evaluation. I brought a printout of the CT to my next appointment, and I ended up having sinus surgery 3 weeks later.

      Immediately after surgery, I knew something was different. After healing, I was sleeping better, breathing better and, sure enough, less sluggish and not reaching for my 3pm coffee. All from going to the dentist.

      My teeth look great, too!

      Dr. Billings has opened my eyes to understand that dentists are part of the entire medical team, and when using their training to the fullest, they can change lives.