There are many types of treatments that are aimed at “curing” TMJ problems. But, since there are many types of TMJ problems, there is no one cure for TMJ. The “cure” means some treatment that is aimed at reducing the painful symptoms. Sometimes the TMJ symptoms may only be discomfort or a bothersome clicking or grating of the jaws. There may be a painful displacement of the jaw that leads to damage in the joint itself. The “cures” could vary from a simple orthotic (splint, mouth guard, bite plate, night guard). These are names for the same type of stage one treatment. Each theory involves some special type of appliance.
In lieu of some type of appliance therapy, bite analysis and occlusal adjustment is another form of TMJ cure. This form of TMJ treatment can also lead to full mouth reconstruction if it is indicated.
Some highly respected TMJ clinics ignore the occlusal aspects of TMJ problems and choose to treat TMJ symptoms with different types of potent pain medication. This is not a “cure.” It is only symptomatic treatment.
In some cases where the patient has tense muscles that don’t allow the mouth to open, a muscle relaxer may help the immediate symptoms, but the problem will return if it is not treated properly.
Each TMJ patient is unique. The best way to “cure” each individual is to take an in depth history, analyze the bite, take tomograms of the joints, and find an accurate diagnosis. The diagnosis dictates the treatment. Without a diagnosis, there can be no “cure.” It should be noted that some conditions are of a nature that a complete “cure” is not possible. There are some cases in which a reduction of the symptoms is the best that can be done. For example: in some cases a reduction of pain is the best that can be hoped for. Clicking of the TMJ may be reduced, but not completely eliminated.
If you believe yourself to be experiencing any of these TMJ symptoms or if you have any questions regarding Temporomandibular Joint Disorder please call Dr. Mark Yamamto, your TMJ Dentist in Huntington Beach at 714-847-9900 today or use our quick contact form at right to connect.