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What are My TMJ Treatment Options?

No one should have to live with constant pain from TMJ disorder. The symptoms of this condition can extend beyond the jaw, affecting the head, neck, shoulders, arms, and fingers, which can greatly impact day-to-day life. However, there are many treatment options available that can significantly reduce or eliminate TMJ-related pain and discomfort.

The first step toward treating TMJ disorder is a proper diagnosis. At True Dentistry, our dentists can perform oral evaluations that thoroughly examine the teeth, temporomandibular joints, and facial musculature to help determine the cause of your symptoms. Based on their findings, they can design a treatment plan customized to meet your individual needs. TMJ treatments may begin with over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications or behavioral modifications that can make a big difference. For more serious cases, prescription medications and/or oral appliances can help reduce the stress placed on the temporomandibular joint and properly align the jaw during sleep. Patients who suffer from severe cases of TMJ disorder may benefit from restorative dentistry techniques such as crowns or orthodontics to achieve a proper bite (occlusion). Oral surgery is typically only recommended as a last resort, but surgical techniques can yield excellent results if necessary. To discuss which TMJ treatment options may be best for you, or to schedule a consultation, please contact us today.