What are the treatment options for TMJ disorder?
Fortunately, TMJ disorder is not seen as a particularly serious condition. While uncomfortable, there are treatment options from trained professionals.
Your treatment plan will largely depend on the cause behind the disorder. It will usually involve a combination of therapies to relieve the pain and treat the underlying issue.
For example, in cases where TMJD is caused by a misaligned bite or tooth problems, your dentist will be the one to treat the problem. If you are clenching your teeth, your dentist may create a splint you can wear to stop your teeth from grinding. This splint is a custom-made piece of acrylic that is molded specifically to the shape of your mouth to keep your teeth apart and relax the jaw. While it's usually worn at night, you can also wear it during the day. Further, your dentist may suggest treatment options to move the teeth and correct your bite, which would cross into the field of orthodontics.
Other treatment options include heat or ice packs to relieve the muscle spasms behind the pain, or a diet of softer foods in smaller bites to lessen the work your jaw needs to do while eating. If the tooth grinding is caused by stress, you can spend time with a psychologist to decrease anxiety and help you relax.
In more advanced cases, you may require surgery to repair the joint.
TMJ dysfunction can be very debilitating to your well being. If you suffer from any of the above symptoms or would like more information, why not schedule an appointment to explore the issue. Alternatively, speak to our professional staff on (02) 9958 0400 for more guidance and information on the subject.