There are a number of treatment options available to correct TMJ disorder. Your particular treatment should be determined through consultation with a dental professional highly experienced in temporomandibular joint problems. Ideally, your dentist should have expertise in evaluating jaw-to-bite relationships, and experience with proper treatment procedures such as occlusal equilibration and the use of intra-oral appliances.
Treatment Options: Conservative is Key
Conservative" is the key word when it comes to TMD treatment. Most treatments are simple and can be done at home, without the need for surgery. The most severe cases may require treatment with splints, mouth guards or other traditional forms of TMD therapy.
In addition, the TMJ Association advises patients to keep in mind that there is currently no evidence to suggest that TMD can be prevented. Therefore, caution is advised regarding any treatment(s) presented as providing this benefit.
Traditional Treatment Options
A careful examination of the joints and occlusion is a critical step before a specific treatment is selected. Only a small percentage of TMD cases require surgical intervention. If an improper bite is the cause of the TMD, many bite corrections can be achieved with orthodontics, restorations, equilibration or appliance therapy.