TMD Treatment

Treatment for TMJ / TMD and jaw pain often involves the use of oral orthotics or “splints.” In our office, day use splints are usually fabricated to be worn on the bottom teeth to make it more comfortable, less noticeable and easier to speak with it in. We generally prescribe a separate splint for night time use which is worn on the upper teeth. In addition to use of the splints, other therapies for jaw pain treatment may include:

  • Therapeutic injections to help “unlock” your jaw
  • Prolo-therapy
  • Trigger point injections
  • Medical acupuncture
  • Massage therapy
  • Moist heat application
  • TENS therapy
  • Ultrasound
  • Iontophoresis
  • Use of medications if needed

Suffering from Jaw Pain?

If you are unsure of your diagnosis or jaw pain treatment you should AVOID any type of “irreversible” therapy, such as:

  • Equilibration—or grinding on the teeth to improve the bite*
  • Orthodontics or braces*
  • Crowning the teeth*
  • Root canals
  • Extraction of teeth
  • ANY type of surgery on the TMJ or jaw

*The American Dental Association refers to these procedures as “phase two therapy,” and as such should only be performed AFTER successful “phase one therapy.”

In our practice, necessity of orthodontics or crowning the teeth after phase one splint therapy is extremely rare. Necessity of surgical therapy for jaw pain is even more rare.