Pain Relieving TMJ Dysfunction Therapies

Model of jaw and skull bone connection, Boca Raton TMD Therapy

TMJ Dysfunction Diagnosis

The first step in treatment is the diagnosis. We need to determine whether or not you are suffering from TMJ dysfunction and attempt to discern the underlying cause of your TMD. It’s important you let our team know right away if you experience any of the common warning signs of TMJ dysfunction including:

  • Pain when moving the jaw
  • Clicking sound when moving the jaw
  • Impeded jaw movement or complete jaw immobility
  • Chronic, severe headaches
  • Radiating head, neck, back, and shoulder pain

Equilibration & Occlusal Adjustments

If we diagnose TMJ dysfunction, there are a variety of therapies we may recommend to reduce the side effects and restore full jaw movement. For mild TMD, we ask patients to use stretches at home and anti-inflammatory medication to relieve discomfort. Patients who suffer from TMJ as a result of stress may benefit from treatment for anxiety, and other behavior changes to reduce daily stress. In most cases, the most important aspect of treatment is determining why the TMJ were strained or damaged, to begin with, so we can reverse this condition by equilibrating the way the teeth, jaw, skull, and other oral and facial structures work together to ensure they all receive equal pressure. Nightguards or occlusal appliances are one of the tools we commonly used to relieve excess pressure on the TMJ. These guards are custom and completely comfortable. Worn during sleep, they position the jaw in its ideal location relieving strain. After several weeks or months of nightly wear, most patients begin to see significant improvement in their comfort and oral function.

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