3 treatment options for TMJ
Are you tired of suffering from sore muscles, neck pain and backaches? Have you recently been diagnosed with TMJ? Even though you may be relieved to know the reason for your chronic headaches, jaw pain and ear ringing, you might be confused about what to do next.
The Internet is full of information, misinformation and opinions about TMJ, and trying to make sense of your options can be both intimidating and frustrating. There are many methods for treating TMJ, but here are some facts about three options to treat TMJ.
A TMJ orthotic, also referred to as a dental appliance or bite splint, is a simple and easy-to-use mouth piece that easily fits over your lower back teeth. It is made entirely of plastic, and it is designed to help move your lower jaw back into its natural bite position.
Your jaw muscles, TM joint and other related muscles are then able to relax so your pain, headaches and other symptoms begin to subside. With continued use, your jaw is gradually retrained to relax into its corrected, healthy alignment.
2. Full Mouth Reconstruction
A full mouth reconstruction may sometimes be the best approach when there are a lot of issues affecting the TM joints. These problem areas include teeth that are cracked and damaged, back teeth that are significantly shortened from years of bruxism and a severely misaligned bite.
Accompanying symptoms can be severe and include jaw pain, migraines and neck pain. This type of treatment is very involved and doesn’t happen overnight. Treatments usually include some, but not necessarily all of the following:
- Dental implants
- Braces to help move your teeth into their proper bite position
- Bone or tissue grafting if the jaw needs additional stability and support
Surgery can help to correct a jaw that is severely misaligned, either due to an accident, genetics or just through years of teeth grinding and jaw clenching, but it is always a last resort. There has been such excellent response to other non-invasive therapies that it is rarely needed.
Where can you learn more?
The best way to learn more about effective TMJ treatments is to contact a qualified dentist. The first step is always a thorough evaluation to see which of these treatments will best suit your needs.