Posted on 8/10/2018 by Mark Bieber
|Many of our patients come to us after a TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder) diagnosis, wondering what their options are.
The bad news is, TMD is quite common. The good news is, there are a number of treatment options out there if you have it.
Medications May HelpIf your TMD is not overly severe, you may find adequate relief with something as simple as a medication. Whether it's a medication to help ease the pain or something to relax the jaw muscles, you might be able to get relief with a simple prescription.
Physical TherapyRemember, TMD involves one of the strongest muscles in your body: the muscle that moves the jaw. As such, there are a number of therapies that could help the muscle and the joint. One of the most commonly used devices is an oral splint. This is a device that fits snugly over the teeth, and many people sleep with it in.
The splint is often enough to provide the pain relief that TMD sufferers long for. Sometimes, it is enough to effectively treat the TMD without the need for any further treatment. Of course, how effective the splint (or any other therapy) will be depends on the specifics of your case, so be sure to talk to us if you are interested in exploring therapy.
Surgical ProceduresIf medication and other therapies won't work, it might be time to consider surgery to treat your TMD. Many of our patients are quite nervous about the thought of surgery, but after we explain the different procedures available, they agree that it just may be the best option out there.
There are a broad range of surgeries that may help, depending on your specific situation. If you have any questions about surgery or other forms of treatment for your TMD, please contact us!
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