There have been many self-help remedies that have been suggested to treat TMJ pain, but you must be aware that these remedies do not treat the cause. TMJ (“temporomandibular joint” problems) treatments at our Bensonhurst TMJ Dentist may be less costly, less of a time commitment, and definitely produce a successful result. Even though self-help remedies don’t treat TMJ long term, temporary relief may be found by applying heat and cold packs to the sides of your face, limiting jaw movement, eating softer food and foods that don’t require a lot of chewing, follow through with restorative tooth treatments needed so your bite is not affected, simple jaw massage, and possible medications such as muscle relaxants. You should also keep up with routine dental visits so our dentist can regularly monitor your TMJ pain and related symptoms.
A number of treatment options are available to correct TMJ and “conservative” is the key word when it comes to TMJ treatment. Specific treatment should be determined during a consultation with one of our Bensonhurst TMJ Dentist who are highly experienced in jaw and orofacial pain. Henry Young, DDS has expertise in evaluating jaw-to-bite relationships, and is knowledgeable when it comes to appropriate procedures such as occlusal equilibration and the use of intra-oral appliances. With the proper guidance, most treatments for TMJ pain are simple and can be done at home, without the need for surgery. The more severe cases may require treatment with splints, or mouth guards. Basically, TMJ is a disorder of the jaw muscles, joints or nerves associated with chronic facial pain.
A careful examination of the joints and occlusion by our Bensonhurst TMJ Dentist is a necessary step before a specific treatment is selected. Only a small percentage of TMJ cases require surgical intervention. If an improper bite is the cause of the TMJ pain, many bite corrections can be achieved with orthodontics, restorations, equilibration or appliance therapy, such as a splint or mouth guard. The TMJ splint is worn to reduce stress on the jaw and allow muscles to function to their best ability. One of the newer treatments for TMJ is actually Botox injected into the deep jaw muscle which will block nerve signals that cause uncontrollable muscle movements, ultimately relaxing the muscles.