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What Treatment is Available for TMJ Disorder?
Diagnosing the disorder as early as possible increases the likelihood of saving teeth and best treating the related health problems.
Diagnosis: Step One in TMJ Disorder Treatment
The first stage is a diagnosis, which is when Dr. Moradi takes measurements and collects data on the joint misalignment. From here, she can create the proper treatment plan, which may include the use of night guards, the shaping of the teeth to correct the bite, and other non-surgical methods. Dr. Moradi’s training and experience include 15 years of successful treatment of TMJ. This strong background enables her to treat the TMJ disorder to achieve life-long results. The treatment plan often has several stages and may last from several months to a few years, depending on factors such as the exact problem and patient preferences.
Stabilization Splints for TMJ Treatment
Stabilization splints are often worn to reduce jaw tightening and teeth grinding, particularly when worn at night. The splints are designed to fit over the upper and lower teeth, similar to a mouth guard worn in sports activities. Of the types of TMJ disorder treatment available, stabilization splints are the most common. Splints may also be used during the diagnosis phase to determine the jaw’s ideal position.
TMJ Disorder Treatment: Correcting the Bite
After the first stage of diagnosis, one of the TMJ treatment options is to correct the bite or the way the teeth come together. The bite affects how the jaw joint fits into the joint positioning. This process may also involve shaping the teeth, adding or reducing the tooth height, dental veneers or ortho appliances.
Self-Care Practices for TMJ Disorder
Before you decide to treat TMJ disorder you may use the following self-care practices for temporary pain release:
- Apply packs of ice
- Eat soft foods
- Avoid big jaw movements, such as wide yawns and chewing gum eating soft foods,
- Learn ways to relax and lower stress
- Practice gentle stretching the jaw and relaxing it too, so jaw movement increases
- Use of painkillers
When you are ready to proceed with dental TMJ treatment, you are welcome to schedule a free consultation to be seen by a dental professional who is well-versed in TMJ disorder treatment. The consultation provides a way to start to understand your TMJ case better as well as learn different treatment options available to you. Read the success stories here. Note: we do not use Botox or other injections to relax the muscles. We care for life-long results and correct the inner supportive bone structure of the face without any surgery. At Dental Wellness Group in Houston, we take a conservative, non-surgical approach. Our office has in-depth experience and specialized training in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with TMJ disorder. Dr. Moradi is one of only a few doctors in Houston who has a full seven years of advanced training in the treatment of TMJ conditions, as received from the Pankey Institute and the OBI Institute. For quality TMJ disorder treatment, our dental team is ready to help you, call us today 713-590-9777