Treatment OptionsDepending on the severity of the condition, simple and non-invasive treatment strategies for TMD (Tempomandibular Joint Disorder) are all that is usually needed to relieve discomfort and alleviate symptoms. Healthy habits of self-care such as avoiding stress and applying heat to inflamed jaw muscles can keep the condition from progressing as well. Some of the dental treatments available for patients suffering from TMD include:
- Fixing the level of the teeth so that they are all even and aligned properly
- A plastic biteplate, or splint, worn over the teeth helps align the upper and lower jaw and reduce pain and swelling
- A dental device inserted over the teeth at night can help prevent unintentional grinding and flexing
- Surgery - in the most severe cases, often when the cartilage or cushions around the joint have degraded to the point where other measures fail, surgery to correct the misalignment or remove the damaged tissues often relieves much of the pain
Don't put off addressing your TMD symptoms any longer. With vigilance, healthy habits, and proper treatment, you can begin to live your life without perpetual pain. Call Drs. Mann and Dolfi for relief today.