What are the Treatment Options for TMJ?

By January 14, 2014 August 27th, 2015 Dental Questions, tooth ache, tooth pain symptons
TMJ or Temporomandibular joint disorder is a common problem that is caused by a misalignment of the mandible, or jaw bone to the skull. It can cause pain or limited movement within the jaw and have quite an impact on your life.

For such a simple issue, the diagnosis and treatment of it can be tricky. The main challenge for the treatment of TMJ is that the symptoms can also be caused by a number of other issues, so takes time and dedication to diagnose properly.

Symptoms can include; headaches, jaw pain, limited movement within the jaw, stiff jaw, earache, clicking noises when eating or talking and grinding of teeth. These are just a few symptoms of TMJ and as you can see, many of them can have any number of causes. It’s only when you’re experiencing a few of them at once that you would think of a dental problem.

That’s why you should consult your dentist if you’re one of the millions of Americans who suffers from TMJ.

There are a few treatment options for TMJ depending on the prognosis. Some minor TMJ disorders pass in a short time without treatment, but the vast majority will need professional dental intervention to cure effectively.

Aesthetic Family Dentistry are TMJ specialists, experienced in diagnosing and treating all kinds of TMJ disorders. We use a variety of treatments, from custom mouth splints to realign the jaw to physical therapy. Much depends on the severity and the cause of your particular brand of TMJ.

We sometimes suggest chiropractors, massage, physical therapy and acupuncture to treat the symptoms of Temporomandibular joint disorder. Each works in isolation and in concert with the others to deliver a very effective pain relief and TMJ treatment.

The treatment of the cause of TMJ can include mouth orthotics, bite adjustment and other orthodontic procedures. As holistic dentists, we tend to do as little intrusive work as possible to deliver an effective treatment. The less we intrude, the less discomfort you experience and less healing you have to do. Owe never resort to surgery to correct TMJ.

If you’re experiencing what you believe to be symptoms of TMJ, make an appointment with your dentist right away. Alternatively, make an appointment with the experts at Aesthetic Family Dentistry. We’re here to help!