TMJ Treatments for Your Chronic Jaw Pain
For mild cases, warm compresses, temporary soft food diets, and facial muscle stretches may ease the pain. However, an anti-inflammatory or night guard may also be necessary. In more aggressive cases, Dr. Troutman may suggest cortisone shots. Rarely, patients need surgery to replace the joint.
Preventing Teeth Grinding/Bruxism
As one of the causes of TMJ, teeth grinding should be remedied as soon as possible. Dr. Troutman often recommends night guards as they fit over the teeth to comfortably prevent the upper and lower teeth from coming into contact. These customized trays are worn at night, when clenching and grinding are more likely to occur.
Improved Alignment With Occlusal Adjustment
If your bite doesn’t feel quite right, you may need an occlusal adjustment. Dr. Troutman uses this treatment to align your bite by finding the point of interference that prevents your teeth from coming together and then filing it down, allowing your teeth to rest together comfortably.