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Treatment for TMD

If you have been diagnosed with temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) and/or facial pain, the next step would be to speak with Dr. Tregaskes about what treatment plans might work best for you. Due to the fact that the severity of TMD varies from person to person, there are a variety of options to choose from to suit your needs properly. Let’s take a closer look at some common treatment plans for TMD with help from Dr. Tregaskes.

Oral Appliance Therapy

Oral appliance therapy is a very helpful and successful technique in treating Temporomandibular joint dysfunction.  People describe the appliance as being similar to a retainer for orthodontic treatments. There are many appliance designs and it is important to have a device designed for your specific condition.

These appliances are made to fit your mouth and your mouth only, completely unique! Some of these devices are meant to move the lower jaw forward, while others simply prevent the jaw and tongue from falling backward which in turn would block the airway. These appliances are the most effective treatment of snoring and sleep apnea.

Occlusal Guards

Oral appliances are also useful in decreasing the harmful effects of bruxism.  They are typically warn at night to prevent excessive wear of the teeth.  They can also be designed to help decrease overacting function of the clenching and bruxing muscles.

 

Pain Medications

The most frequently prescribed medications for TMD are anti-inflammatory drugs and muscle relaxants. However, with any situation, it is important to speak with your doctor about which medication is best for you.

After reviewing your options, Dr. Tregaskes will help you pick a path that suits your needs best. With a proper treatment plan, we can help improve quality of life.

Other treatment options might include biostimulation laser therapy, injection therapy, topical medications and physical therapy modalities. Our goal is to determine the least invasive, yet most effective treatment for your particular diagnosis.

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