Treatments for TMD/TMJ Pain
Fortunately, the best treatments for TMJ pain are non-surgical. Some of the methods Dr. Harry Habbel recommends for our Southampton, PA patients include:
Bite Splints and Nightguards
Bruxism (teeth grinding and clenching) results in overuse of the TMJ, straining muscles and ligaments around each joint. Wearing a splint or night guard can train your jaw muscles to relax during rest, thereby lessening the tension that causes TMD.
Misaligned teeth and jaws are one of the biggest contributing factors to atypical TMJ movement. Creating a healthy biting relationship may be part of a holistic care approach to TMD management.
Massage and Physical Therapy
Hot compresses, physical massage, over-the-counter anti-inflammatories, and physical therapy exercises can help to alleviate the severity of TMD pain.
Some people find relief by having cosmetic injectables applied to their TMJ, such as Botox, due to its natural muscle relaxation properties. Such methods need to be re-applied about every 3-6 months.
“Do I Have TMJ Disorder?”
Request an appointment with Harry Habbel, DDS in Southampton, PA today. Dr. Harry Habbel will examine your oral anatomy and order a full-mouth X-ray so we can evaluate the bony structure around your TMJ. We’re happy to answer any questions you have!