How To Treat TMJ
Have you experienced pain and clicking in your jaw, neck pain, and debilitating headaches? The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is responsible for the opening and closing of the mouth. This tiny joint could be the root of your problems. Do you know how to treat TMJ?
The temporomandibular joint isn’t given enough credit, it’s working hard for your body. It is the most frequently used and the most complex joint in the human body. When the TMJ is functioning correctly, it provides smooth jaw movements with no pain.
If TMJ symptoms are left untreated the pain can progress and it can lead to chronic TMJ disorder. There are a range of treatment options when it comes to TMJ. Below you’ll find how to treat TMJ to help you live a pain-free life!
Some symptoms of TMJ don’t require a doctor’s visit – there are many home TMJ remedies you can try to do to improve your symptoms.
- Over-the-counter medicines
- Jaw exercises
- Soft food diet
- Jaw muscle massage
- Heat pads and ice packs
- Avoid gum
When home remedies are no longer effective, our team of experienced TMJ doctors will begin to advise a different TMJ treatment option. We create customized dental splints to help prevent tooth grinding, help keep the teeth aligned and reduce overall clenching.
Our doctors prefer to use splint therapy to treat TMJ disorder. These custom joints help unload the jaw joints to help alleviate the pain associated with over-compressed joints.
Surgery for TMJ is considered extreme and a last resort. Parts of TMJ can be removed and replaced, however, there is a long recovery time for this procedure.
Our doctors prefer to use splint therapy in lieu of TMJ surgery. If your doctor is recommending surgery, always get a second opinion. We provide free consultations about the most effective, non-invasive treatments for TMJ disorders.
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TMJ symptoms often resolve without treatments or with changes to your lifestyle. However, you should always consult an experienced doctor that has TMJ knowledge. We will provide you with the best advice to achieve the quickest and safest treatment plan.
Schedule your free TMJ consultation at any of our 15 locations across Southeastern Wisconsin today!