3 treatments for your TMJ pain
TMJ, or Temporomandibular Joint, is an acronym used interchangeably with TMD and TMJD to refer to a Temporomandibular Joint Disorder. If you suffer daily with this disorder, you know too well that it is more than a simple pain in the neck.
If you have persistent aching in your jaw, accompanied by headaches or migraines, earaches, facial muscle spasms and yes, neck pain, then you need no introduction to TMJ pain or what it means to you.
How familiar are you, however, with modern treatment methods and how they may resolve your TMD? Let’s talk about three of those options today.
3 treatment options
Treatment for TMD is sometimes as basic as changing your diet and habits or doing simple exercises, but when these methods don’t work, it is time to look at more advanced forms of treatment.
- A TMJ orthotic is a fancy term for a dental appliance that you wear on your lower back teeth. It is designed to be comfortable and discreet. More importantly, when used as directed, it retrains your jaw position into its natural, healthy alignment and helps your jaw muscles to relax.
- Orthodontics, or braces, are used to correct a misaligned bite to help resolve teeth that are incorrectly spaced and causing teeth grinding or jaw clenching.
- A partial or full mouth reconstruction may be necessary if uneven dentistry or tooth loss is the culprit for changing your bite.
Determining your best treatment
Before any treatment plan is decided, your dentist conducts a full examination of your mouth and jaw structure using the advanced techniques available to him or her through neuromuscular dentistry. This modern technology includes the use of computer tracking to get detailed information about the way you chew, how your mouth moves and the exact measurements of your jaw and neck muscles.
Once he or she understands how your jaw is currently functioning, what your natural alignment is supposed to be, and the most likely cause of your TMD the best plan of care for your circumstances can be implemented.
What this means for you is that you finally get answers that make sense, along with some welcome relief from your pain.
If you would like to learn more about TMJ, how its diagnosed and what treatments may be effective for you, please come in for a free consultation.