Treatment of TMJ Disorders

In making choices regarding your TMJ treatment, it is important to be informed about your unique condition and the treatment options available. We believe in conservative and minimally-invasive treatment. We believe this is the best way to achieve life-long success.

If you are diagnosed with a temporomandibular disorder, we will provide therapy to help remove unhealthy pressure from the jaw joint and encourage muscle relaxation. This will encourage your jaw joint to position itself in the optimum position for continued health and function.

Disorders

Goals For Successful TMD Treatment

  • relieve pain
  • restore function
  • prevent progression of the disease
  • prevent avoidable disability
  • provide education

"Having a TMJ problem is like having a ‘bum’ knee or a ‘bad’ back. It is an orthopedic problem which will require long-term management. We want to help you keep your long-term management as simple as possible for life-long success."

What does Treatment look like?

One of our treatment methods to control unhealthy pressure on the jaw joint is a customized orthotic appliance. This appliance is created to put your jaw in its optimum position. It helps the brain think that the teeth and the jaw joint are lined up. It is worn over the upper or lower teeth, depending on the exact nature of the discrepancy and what best fits your needs. The appliance is generally worn for a period of six months on a full-time basis.

In addition to fabrication of an appliance, a program of specific stretches, exercises, and massages is given to optimize muscle and joint health. You will be provided instruction in eating, food choices, chewing patterns, and protection against wide opening. Instructions for use of a moist heating pad, manipulation, and other supportive care will also be provided to help you achieve your best possible self.

Methods of Treatment

Customized Orthotic Appliance

An appliance is created to put your jaw in its optimum position. It helps the brain think that the teeth and the jaw joint are in proper alignment. It is worn over the upper or lower teeth and is generally worn for a period of six months on a full-time basis.

Education on Healthy Habits

Things you are doing right now may be contributing to your condition. We provide instruction in eating, chewing patterns, food choices. We also go over how to protect and support your joint in your daily life.

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