If you have experienced the uncomfortable and annoying symptoms of TMJ dysfunction, then you have probably spent some time researching solutions to this problem! You may have found that there are a variety of treatment recommendations out there for TMJ disorder—which one should you choose? Our Elmhurst TMJ dentists have put together this explanation of different treatments for TMJ disorder—read on to get a better idea of what kind of treatment is right for you.
Treatments for TMJ disorder run the gamut from simple at-home therapies to invasive surgery. In general, you should choose a TMJ treatment that…
· Meets your needs in the least invasive way possible
· Addresses the root cause of your TMJ dysfunction, not just the symptoms
At-home TMJ treatments are aimed at minimizing the symptoms of TMJ disorder. You may use cold packs to numb the temporomandibular joint, or perform jaw exercises and stretches to condition your jaw. You can also make dietary changes—avoiding foods that irritate your jaw, like chewy candies. There is nothing wrong with pursuing these treatments, and they may help to alleviate some of your TMJ symptoms. However, because they do not address the root cause of your TMJ dysfunction, they are generally not effective for the long term.
The oral appliance that our dentist uses to treat TMJ disorder is both effective and geared toward correcting TMJ dysfunction. This simple appliance fits over a patient’s front four teeth. The appliance actually alters the patient’s bite slightly, bringing the jaw into better alignment. This treatment is both non-invasive and corrective!
If you are suffering from symptoms of TMJ dysfunction, discuss your condition with your dentist. Your dentist will be able to help you determine what kind of treatment fits your life and needs.
Call our Elmhurst TMJ dentist office to schedule your own consultation and get started today!