Treatment of TMJ
TMJ is among the most difficult to diagnose medical problems, because many physicians and healthcare professionals know little about it, and the symptoms of TMJ disorders mimic those of many other common conditions. However, once TMJ has been correctly diagnosed, a number of effective treatments for TMJ are available. Here at Aesthetic Family Dentistry, we provide TMJ therapies for our neighbors from throughout northern New Jersey. Our goal is to get the body as pain-free and healthy as possible, and you will find no team dedicated to your recovery and health than our staff.
The Goals of TMJ Therapy
The first goal of TMJ treatment is to reduce and eliminate joint and muscle pain. A splint, a custom designed and fitted plastic mouthpiece, can relieve the improper jaw positioning that exacerbates TMJ symptoms. We use BioResearch jaw tracking and electromographic equipment to find the most neuromuscularly compatible jaw position, and construct customized splints most in harmony with the individual patient’s own muscle and joint structures. We also address structural problems throughout the body, frequently working with chiropractors, physical therapists, neuromuscular (medical) massage therapists and acupuncturists to address any postural distortions, and educate patients on how to help themselves.
After addressing joint and muscle pain, the next goal is to maintain the support of the temperomandibular joints in a pain-free position. This may be achieved with long-term splint use, bite adjustment, or orthodontics. Crowns, bridges and other dental restorations can provide support for the jaw in a pain-free position, and dental reconstruction is also an option. When the condition cannot be otherwise resolved, TMJoint surgery may provide relief, but we recommend surgery only as a last resort. It is important to remember that 100% relief of discomfort may not be possible, as occasional flare-ups of symptoms can recur, and the joint can be prone to re-injury.
Are you affected by symptoms of TMJ? Call or email us today to schedule a consultation, and let us design a treatment program tailored to you.