Have you been diagnosed with temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder (TMD)? If you have been diagnosed with TMD, the next step would be to speak with your dentist about what treatment plans might work best for you.
Since the severity of TMD will vary from person to person, there are a variety of treatment options for you to choose from to suit your needs properly. Let’s take a look at some of the TMD treatment plans available from Dr. Mayoor Patel.
Oral appliance therapy
Oral appliance therapy is a very helpful and successful technique in treating TMD. These devices are extremely popular among TMD patients due to the simplicity and comfort of the appliance. People describe the appliance as being similar to a retainer for orthodontic treatments.
These appliances are made to fit your mouth and your mouth only, completely unique! Some of these devices are meant to move the lower jaw forward, while others simply prevent the tongue from falling backward which in turn would block the airway. These appliances are the most effective treatment in preventing and/or controlling sleep apnea related disorders.
Another popular option for TMD treatment is a splint. Splints are put in place and prevent the upper and lower teeth from touching. These are typically worn at night to avoid any teeth clenching or grinding which would result in pain the next morning. Wearing these splints will enable your jaw muscles and joints to relax and heal, relieving you from any pain.
For less severe cases, over the counter anti-inflammatory drugs would work just as well. The most typical medicine prescribed for TMD is muscle relaxants due to their ability to help loosen tight muscles. This is especially popular for those who grind or clench their teeth. With any situation, it is important to speak with your doctor about which direction is best for you.
Contact Dr. Mayoor Patel at Craniofacial Pain and Dental Sleep Center of Georgia to learn more about TMD and what treatment options might work best for you.