In some cases, the symptoms of TMJ disorders may go away without treatment. If your symptoms persist, The Dental Room can recommend a variety of treatment options, including:
Bite guards (oral splints) – a soft or firm device inserted over your teeth
Physical therapy – ultrasound, moist heat and ice, along with exercises to stretch and strengthen jaw muscles
Arthroscopy/Arthrocentesis – used when localised joint pain doesn’t respond to other treatments. A tiny instrument or small needles are inserted through a small incision to flush the joint and insert an anti- inflammatory agent
Soft tissue repair – for patients with severe soft tissue damage; tightens up stretched connective tissue and ligaments and puts the disk back into position, releasing “locked” jaws
Joint restructuring – used primarily for arthritis patients with badly deteriorating joints, such as severed disks or disks with holes in them
Disclaimer: Results may vary between individuals. Any dental procedure carries risks and benefits. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified practitioner.