The temporomandibular joint, more commonly referred to as the TMJ, is essential for biting, chewing and talking. When you experience TMJ pain or have a serious condition affecting this joint, it can make life miserable. For this reason, TMJ therapy is critical in helping to put an end to joint-related pain so that patients can regain control of their lives.
What is TMJ Therapy?
TMJ therapy involves a series of treatments specific to getting rid of pain, discomfort and problems relating to the temporomandibular joint. The type of treatment that you receive is specific to your own condition and the level of pain that you are currently in. During an exam at the office, the dentist will ask about any issues that you’re having with your temporomandibular joint and will listen for clicking, grinding and cracking noises. X-rays and dental CT scans may be needed to look for signs of joint damage or inflammation.
Who is a Good Candidate for TMJ Therapy?
Anyone who is experiencing pain, discomfort or trouble with their temporomandibular joint is a viable candidate for TMJ therapy. The sooner that you begin the therapy that is right for you, the better the outcome and the more comfortable you will be living pain-free.
Treatments Available to You
Because TMJ problems can be the result of a variety of different factors, the type of treatment that you receive is specific to your own individual needs. Some of the most common TMJ treatments include:
- Mouth guards to prevent nighttime grinding
- Medications, such as muscle relaxants
- Physical therapy
If you are in need of TMJ therapy, contact us today!