Any treatment that is aimed at correcting any of the elements of TMJ syndrome is part of tmj therapy. The industry standard is the splint (orthotic, mouth guard, bite plate, etc). This separates the painful jaws. Physical therapy is useful in cases of painful muscles of mastication and/or head and neck muscles. Complicated cases may require orthodontics, occlusal correction, or fullmouth reconstruction. Occlusal correction (bite correction) is often needed, but not performed because few dentists can do an accurate bite correction. The type of TMJ therapy is dictated by the diagnosis.
Drugs can be used as therapy, but they don’t cure the problem. Drugs often used are muscle relaxers and pain medications.
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.