TMJ disorder treatment

“Dr. Huq, what TMJ disorder treatments are available?”

Proper diagnosis is critical to make sure you receive treatment for your particular condition.  At Access Dental we will only recommend treatment after conducting a thorough health history, clinical exam, taking appropriate X-rays, and perhaps confirming the condition through other diagnostic tests.

At Access Dental we may prescribe a multiple-phase treatment plan.  Only minor corrective treatment may be needed.  Treatment may be simple or require more steps for alleviating the condition, depending on the degree of severity. Some of these treatments include:
Taking a non-aspirin pain reliever or prescription medications such as muscle relaxants, analgesics, or anti-inflammatory drugs

Eating soft foods
Avoiding chewing gum
Applying moist heat or ice
Physical therapy
Teaching relaxation techniques to control muscle tension
Stress management training techniques
Posture training
Wearing bite plates to eliminate the harmful effects of clenching or grinding the teeth, and a better positioning of the jaws
Adjusting the bite, known as “occlusal equilibration” involving removing interferences when the teeth touch
Replacement of defective restorations that prevent the jaws from meeting properly
Orthodontics, to put the teeth in proper position

In most cases we treat at Access Dental, the symptoms related to TMJ disorders can be successfully treated to reduce or eliminate your discomfort.  Postponement of treatment usually results in more damage to the joint, muscles, or teeth.

For more information about how we can help you with TMJ problems, call us at 770 732-9222, we will be happy to help you.