When choosing a treatment option for TMJ (temporomandibular joint) Disorder, it is very important that you consider what it will be like to live with the treatment you choose long-term. Our Elmhurst TMJ dentists provide simple, easy-to-use treatments for TMJ disorder. These treatments are designed to easily fit into a patient’s existing life and routine. Read on to learn how the treatments we offer differ from other TMJ Disorder treatment options.
Among treatment options for TMJ Disorder, there is a wide range of type of treatment, invasiveness of treatment, and cost of treatment. The generally accepted treatment philosophy for TMJ Dysfunction holds that patients should begin by trying to least invasive/severe treatments, and only pursue surgery as a last resort.
At-home TMJ care is the first level of treatment that patients can try. Self-care measures include applying hot and cold packs to the temporomandibular joint, performing jaw stretches, and modifying your diet to exclude hard or chewy foods. These treatments can be moderately effective, but they are often difficult to maintain long-term (no one wants to eat applesauce forever), and they do not address the root cause of the TMJ Dysfunction.
On the other end of the spectrum, some patients elect to undergo surgery in an attempt to correct TMJ Dysfunction. Surgery is effective for some patients, but in general this is a very drastic step and should only be pursued after all other alternatives have been tried.
Our Elmhurst TMJ dentists use a conservative, effective treatment that works without requiring surgery. Using a slim, unobtrusive dental appliance that fits over the 4 front teeth, we are able to alter the patient’s bite and relieve the root problem of TMJ Dysfunction. This treatment is easy to use, and comfortable.