Your Fresno Dentist, Dr. Fredrick, Offers Treatment for TMJ Disorder
Treatment may be simple or require more steps for alleviating the condition, depending on the degree of severity.
Some of these treatments include:
- Taking a non-aspirin pain reliever or prescription medications such as muscle relaxants, analgesics, or anti-inflammatory drugs
- Eating soft foods
- Avoiding chewing gum
- Applying moist heat or ice
- Physical therapy
- Teaching relaxation techniques to control muscle tension
- Stress management training techniques TMJ Bite Splint
- Posture training
- Wearing bite splints (see picture) to eliminate the harmful effects of clenching or grinding the teeth, and for a better positioning of the jaws
- Adjusting the bite, known as "occlusal equilibration" involving removing interferences when the teeth touch
- Replacement of defective restorations that prevent the jaws from meeting properly and/or Orthodontics, to put the teeth in proper position
Surgery, in most cases, is not needed as the symptoms related to TMJ disorders can usually be successfully treated to reduce or eliminate your discomfort. Postponement of treatment usually results in more damage to the joint, muscles, or teeth.