When someone exhibiting signs of TMJ Disorder visits the dentist, the initial TMJ treatment is usually to relieve the pain and muscle tension. This may be done with muscle relaxants, stress management techniques, and mouth guards.
In other words, a conservative approach is usually taken. It’s easier to find the natural bite when the jaw is relaxed and pain-free.
It may beneficial finding a dentist who specializes in TMJ issues as they’ll likely be more up to date on treatment options than general practice dentists.
After your pain and any swelling has decrease, if your dentist finds that the bite is off, they may adjust it.
This can be done by:
- creating a bite splint to align the bite
- sanding down any high points on teeth or crowns (where teeth touch in the wrong place)
- using braces or crowns
Since the last two options are irreversible in nature, you may want to ask that only reversible options be exhausted before proceeding.
The last and most irreversible treatment is that of jaw surgery. Before you go this route, consider getting 2 or 3 opinions first in case there are still minimally invasive options still open to you.
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