If none of the other treatments work, your dental specialist may recommend an irreversible treatment. Examples of irreversible treatments are:
- Mandibular repositioning splints
- Extensive dental work
- Adjustment of the bite
- Surgical procedures that may include replacement of parts or the entire jaw joint
Most dentists agree that TMD treatments work best in combination.
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The variety of temporomandibular diseases and disorders poses challenges for the diagnosis and treatment of TMD, yet an accurate diagnosis is crucial for successful treatment. For instance, surgery on the TMJ may not have any effect on a patient experiencing pain in the jaw muscle. So, it is important that you seek treatment from an experienced doctor.
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TMD Treatment (pain with the temporomandibular joint)
Temporomandibular dysfunction (TMD) refers to a group of conditions that cause pain in and around the jaw joint (referred to as the Temporomandibular joint or TMJ) and nearby muscles that affect jaw movement.
Jaw problems are often characterized by swelling on the side of the face and pain in the jaw joint and nearby areas, including the ear, neck, and shoulder, impacting your ability to eat, chew, swallow, speak, and even breathe.
How are TMJ Diseases and Disorders Treated?
Most people with TMJ experience relatively mild or periodic symptoms that may improve on their own within weeks or months of simple remedies. It is for this reason that most experts recommend that patients seek reversible treatments whenever possible. In other words, the treatment used should not result in permanent changes to the teeth or jaw. Examples of reversible treatments are:
1. Over-the-counter medications – These include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like the well-known painkillers ibuprofen and aspirin that help relieve the swelling and muscle pain.
2. Prescription medications – These may include anti-anxiety medicines to help relieve stress; muscle relaxants to help loosen tight jaw muscles; or antidepressants to control pain.
3. Stabilization splints (night guard or bite-plate) – These are customized to fit over your teeth and prevent the upper and lower teeth from making contact.
4. Gentle jaw stretching and relaxation exercises – These may include a routine of moist heat, ice packs, and exercise helps to manage TMD symptoms.
5. Substituting hard or crunchy foods that require a big bite with soft foods - Changing your diet to soft foods that don’t require a lot of chewing allows your jaw to rest and heal. Best foods include fish, scrambled eggs, mashed potatoes, fruit smoothies, yogurt, etc.