Treatment Options for TMJ Disorder
Are you experiencing jaw pain, clicking and popping of your jaw, headaches, or ear pain? If so, you could be living with a TMJ disorder. There are a variety of treatment options available, and in the most severe cases, we may be called in to help.
Diagnosing TMJ Disorder
An oral surgeon or a dentist can diagnose TMJ disorder through a few steps. First, a physical exam will be conducted, although there is no specific test that will diagnose TMJ disorder. If you go to a dentist first, you will also discuss your medical history with them, and if necessary, your dentist might send you to an oral surgeon. In certain cases, an MRI of your jaw might be taken in order to detect cartilage damage within the joint. This will also rule out other health problems.
A lot of TMJ disorder symptoms can respond well to home remedies. These can include the use of cold packs or ice and over-the-counter pain medications. Avoiding gum chewing and eating soft foods can help, as can massage, stress reduction, and relaxation techniques.
If home remedies aren't doing their job at treating your TMJ disorder symptoms, you may need medical intervention. A dental splint can be used to keep the teeth in proper alignment, and some dental offices may use Botox in order to relax the jaw muscles. Physical therapy could be recommended in order to strengthen the jaw muscles, and in the most severe cases, dental surgery on the jaw might be a necessity. TMJ Arthroscopy is a relatively simple procedure that can be completed on an outpatient basis and can allow you to feel better quite quickly.