TMJ & TMD Treatment Options
TMJ disorder treatment can take a variety of forms. It is usually best to try the simplest and least invasive treatment first. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may be able to help in cases where TMJ is exacerbated by arthritis, grinding of the teeth, or other repetitive injuries. Muscle relaxants can be helpful when stress is a factor.
Under appropriate medical supervision, a number of self-care and relaxation techniques may be effective. When symptoms persist despite medication and lifestyle changes, a specialized mouthguard can be provided by your dentist. This prevents you from forcefully biting down or grinding the teeth during the night.
Appointment frequency depends on the course of treatment and the severity of the issue. At the start of treatment, a check-in appointment should be scheduled about once a month or whenever the condition changes significantly. This allows for adjustment of treatment to match changing needs: Ideally, symptoms will subside within a short time.
When TMJ is an ongoing issue, an appointment might occur just once per quarter. For most people, a mouthguard can significantly control symptoms and curb their severity while other treatments are being pursued. Thus, appointments will tend to be less frequent if you choose this option. The ultimate goal is remission of TMJ and protection of the sensitive joints.