Treatment and Management of TMJ disorders vary, based on your individual diagnosis. Dr. Cook may recommend treatment by Phases. This step-by-step plan is in your best interest because only conservative corrective treatment may be needed. TMJ treatment begins with the most conservative therapies.
Part of the clinical examination includes checking the jaw area for tenderness, clicking, popping or difficulty in jaw movement. A detailed history of the TMJ problem is also important to the evaluation. If pain and other symptoms are present, a more involved treatment may be considered. Although the specific therapy recommended for you may not be described below, your dentist may consider the following:
Use of an Occlusal Splint or Bite Orthotic to provide relaxation and re-alignment of the jaw muscles, while minimizing the harmful effects of clenching or grinding of the teeth.
Reduction of muscle spasm and pain by applying moist heat or prescribing medication such as analgesics or anti-inflammatory drugs.
Relaxation techniques to help control muscle tension in the jaw. Your dentist may suggest training in these techniques to help reduce stress, tooth grinding and/or clenching.
Many cases of TMJD may require a combination of treatments.
Dr. Cook and his staff care about your health and comfort. Discuss your concerns openly with us. In many cases the pain, headaches and other symptoms associated with TMJ disorders can be successfully and readily managed.