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TMD Treatment

Temporomandibular disorders (TMDs) affect the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) or the muscles involved with chewing. The most common symptom for which patients with TMDs seek treatment is pain, localized predominantly in the facial area.

To a lesser extent, the ear, temple, and muscles of the neck are involved. Some patients who have TMD do not experience pain, but complain of popping, clicking, and other noises that emanate from the TMJ while the joint is in motion. Symptoms can range from barely noticeable to seriously debilitating. On rare occasions, the TMJ may lock, which allows little or no motion of the mandible may lock, which allows little or no motion of the mandible.

Diagnosis and Treatment of TMD

Diagnosis of a person suffering from TMD can be very complicated and confusing. The disorder and resultant symptoms and dysfunction often results in significant pain and impairment because the disorder transcends many boundaries of health professions – in particular dentistry, neurology, general medicine, physiotherapy, osteopathy, and psychology.

In many cases treatment may involve a ‘team’ of people with specialised skills and may occur over a period of months rather than days or weeks. This is especially true for those patients that have a chronic long-term condition that has developed into a ‘pain cycle’.

Treatment is aimed at reducing muscle pain, improving sleep quality, ‘decompressing’ the TMJ, and improving body posture. By positioning your lower jaw and teeth in an orthopaedic relationship with the upper jaw that is termed ‘neuromuscular’ so your head and neck muscles are in a relaxed state, they automatically will guide you into a comfortable corrected bite.

Depending on the diagnosis made and the severity of the TMD, Dr. Chiesa and associates can recommend a custom made TMD appliance to hold your relaxed bite in place.

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