How To Treat TMJ Pain And TMD
Only your dental professional will be able to diagnose and prescribe a treatment that's right for you. The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research determined that experts recommend the most conservative, reversible treatments possible for TMJ disorders due to insufficient studies on safety and effectiveness. Here are some treatment options that your dental professional may consider:
- Wearing a night guard to reduce grinding and clenching
- Over-the-counter pain-relievers or anti-inflammatory medications
- Relaxation techniques to help control muscle tension in your jaw
- Although rare, surgery is sometimes required to correct TMJ problems
- If the traditional methods have failed, these are some more aggressive treatment options to consider:
- Short-term treatment of TMJ discomfort is through the use of reversible splinting options.
- Bite splints - these can be worn at night or throughout the day, depending on the condition's severity.
- Low-level laser stimulation
- injections to relax the jaw
- Surgical bite reconstruction
Severe jaw pain can interfere with your quality of life. If you're having TMJ issues, and are experiencing problems with grinding your teeth, jaw pain, or some of the others described in this article, talk to your dental professional. The earlier you treat the problem, the quicker you can get back to enjoying life pain-free.