We offer TMJ treatment that works well for MPD, DD, and related forms of TMJ. We start by working to relax your jaw muscles. This can help the jaw find a more comfortable position, which, in turn, can lead to more normal jaw function. We do this using TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation), a kind of mild electric massage. Once the muscles are relaxed, many people will see improvement and even relief from their symptoms. For some people, periodic TENS is all that’s necessary to stop TMJ symptoms.
Other people benefit from a bite splint that can hold the jaw in a position that keeps the cushioning disc in place and allows the muscles to relax. A bite splint might be worn all the time at first, but for most people nightly wear is all that’s necessary to maintain relief.
Some people who have good results with a bite splint want to get the same results without the splint. For them, bite reconstruction can be used so that their teeth maintain their jaw in the desired position, giving long-term relief without a bite splint.
For people with very advanced TMJ, jaw surgery may be the only solution, but it has a low success rate. Which treatment is right for you depends on the type and stage of your TMJ.