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Choosing Your Treatment

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Your treatment plan depends on you

image-consultation-iccmoHave you been suffering from constant headaches, pain in your jaw, neck and shoulders and a clicking, popping and cracking sound when you open your mouth to undertake everyday oral activities?

If you have been diagnosed with TMD or temporomandibular disorder, there are some treatment options available for you. TMD is an ailment that can cause considerable pain and can be related to your bite, the jaw’s position, and the jaw muscles that are responsible for movement. Sometimes, it is due to the clenching and grinding of your teeth over a significant period of time period, or from an injury, or due to a defect in your bite.

You will be relieved to know that there are a variety of dental options available to you. The treatment plan will depend partly on you and partly on what your dentist suggests. Neuromuscular dentistry in particular has come a long way in providing non invasive treatment options that can help to alleviate the pain and suffering.

Multiple options for your TMJ problem

The first stage before any treatment starts is the diagnosis. Neuromuscular dentists may use a device called a Myo-Monitor which sends a mild electrical impulse to the muscles to relax them.

Once the muscles have relaxed there will be an increase in blood flow which helps to flush out any toxins that might be present. Forty five minutes of this muscle relaxation treatment will ensure the muscle is relaxed and then a computerized scanner is used to record the muscle’s position and a model is made of the jaws and teeth when they are in the correct position.

From this model, an orthotic is made which is kept in the mouth and will keep the jaw in its relaxed position when the mouth is performing its normal functions. This may need to be worn for up to 12 weeks. Over this period the joint capsules should heal and any pain should recede. Your bite will become more stable too.

There are other treatment options after 3 months which could mean wearing an orthotic that is more durable or if necessary other types of dentistry may be more useful. This may include orthodontic treatment such as braces, replacing of lost teeth, using bridges or dental implants to replace missing teeth or even restoring damaged teeth through the use of porcelain bonding or crown installation.

Any defects in the teeth can disturb the way you manipulate your teeth to cut, bite and chew food and may interrupt the correct functioning of your TMJ which may cause pain but may be relieved with the correct treatment.

How to know which treatment is best

image-consultation-treatment-iccmoThe most appropriate treatment plan can be suggested to you by your TMJ dentist who will know after a thorough examination of your jaw and teeth what is causing your pain and suffering. It might be the best option to use neuromuscular dentistry techniques or more conventional dental solutions may be more appropriate.

Your TMJ dentist will advise you and offer you treatment choices and the expected outcome after treatment has been completed.

A TMJ dentist can help you decide what’s best

The TMJ dentist knows all there is to know about TMJ disorders and has a remedy waiting for you. A list of some of the best neuromuscular dentists can be found on the International College of Cranio-Mandibular Orthopedics (ICCMO) website.

The ICCMO is a society for health care professionals who share an interest in occlusion and jaw function. It brings together professionals from around the world who are dedicated to providing solutions for TMJ sufferers.

You can find a neuromuscular dentist in your area that will provide the most advanced treatment options for your symptoms.

 

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