There are various treatment options for TMJ Pain that our Doctors can utilize to improve the harmony and function of your jaw. At you consultation you will need a 3D x-ray to evaluate the joint, you may also need an MRI to evaluate the disc. Once an evaluation confirms a diagnosis of TMJ disorder, our Doctors will determine the proper course of treatment. It is important to note that treatment always works best with a team approach of self-care combined with professional care.
Stress management techniques such as biofeedback or physical therapy may also be recommended, as well as a temporary, clear plastic appliance known as a nightguard. A nightguard fits over your top or bottom teeth and helps keep your teeth apart, thereby relaxing the muscles and reducing pain. There are different types of appliances used for different purposes. A nightguard helps you stop clenching or grinding your teeth and reduces muscle tension at night. It also helps to protect the cartilage and joint surfaces. An anterior positioning appliance moves your jaw forward, relieves pressure on parts of your jaw, and aids in disk repositioning. It may be worn 24 hours/day to help your jaw heal. An orthotic stabilization appliance is worn 24 hours/day, or just at night, to move your jaw into proper position. Appliances also help protect tooth wear.
The initial goals are to relieve the muscle spasms and joint pain. This is usually accomplished with a pain reliever, anti-inflammatory, or muscle relaxant. Steroids can be injected directly into the joints to reduce pain and inflammation.