Long Term Treatment for Jaw Pain

Stress is a big factor when it comes to TMD, you may be staring at the computer or your mobile phone too long that you don’t even notice it. There are many treatment options that are available to fix TMJ disorder.  You need to consult a professional to be able to address the kind of TMD that you have. This article will tell you more about the traditional treatments for TMD.

Appliance Therapy

If your TMD is caused by your bite, this is probably the first kind of treatment that your dentist will recommend. A splint will be used to reduce the stress on your jaw and allow your muscles to properly function and to correct your bite. There are many different types of splints or other appliances that your dentist can make. The dentist will be the one to decide what will work for you based on your findings, diagnostic tests and symptoms. This splint or appliance will correct your bite and put the sockets of your jaw on its proper place, reliving the pain.

Occlusal Equilibration

If you don’t have any disorder with the structure of your joints, but there is a problem with the teeth, this is the treatment that best suits you. Occlusa equilibration isa process of reshaping the surfaces of those teeth that connects whenever you bite. This is done because you want your jaw to be closing properly all the time.

If your lower jaw managed to close properly, and is correctly positioned in its socket, you may notice that your jaw pain is now relieved almost immediately. This is because of the muscles functioning properly in your jaw.

Treating Structural Disorders

There are times when it’s the join that has a structural problem and it is necessary to perform more studies before you get treated. A panoramic x-ray can be helpful for this type of situations but sometimes an MRI is needed so the dentist can see the tissue that is around your disc joint. A CT scan can also be requested so that the hinges of the jaw can be seen.

Depending on what these images reveal, your dentist may recommend an intra-oral appliance, orthodontia or maxillofacial surgery. You may be referred to an oral surgeon or oral and maxillofacial surgeon who will further evaluate and treat your TMD condition.

Surgical Treatment

In serious cases, a surgery may be required. TMD related surgeries are always performed under anesthesia. This is a procedure called arthrocentesis where your joints are cleaned by putting some needles inside the area and removing fluid from it. There are times when the dentist inserts a scalpel indie the your joint that will remove tissue union and reposition the hinge of the joint.

Another type of surgery is athroscopy where your surgeon makes a laceration on your temple point at the front of your ear so he can put an endoscope in the area. This will give him a visual guide so he can remove and treat anything that needs to be done to reposition the joint and disc. Learn more about TMJ and understand what jaw pain is.