Physical therapy will take the form of jaw exercises that you are capable of performing. The doctor will instruct you how to properly perform the exercises and establish a regiment for you. Therapeutic exercises have been effective in improving TMJ symptoms and remain an effective way to recover from them.
A person’s teeth play a major role in the structure of their mouth. Teeth are necessary to support the jaw and create a proper bite. If a patient is missing teeth, it can be affecting their bite. There are restorative techniques available to restore a patient's teeth. Dental implants, dentures, crowns, bridges, partial dentures, mini dental implants, are all options. By restoring the patient’s teeth and improving their bite, the imbalance in the TMJ is corrected and the symptoms subside.
Orthodontics / Occlusion Correction
In the same way that missing teeth can affect the jaw and contribute to TMJ, so can misaligned teeth. If a patient’s teeth are misaligned, it can cause their bite to be irregular. Orthodontic treatments like Invisalign and braces can correct misalignments of the teeth, and they can even improve misalignments of the jaw.
If a patient has bruxism (teeth grinding/clenching), Dr. Elisha will likely recommend a nightguard. Nightguards are comfortable to wear and create a soft buffer for the teeth to rest in a person’s mouth clenches. Splints are also used in cases, in place of nightguards. A splint prevents a person’s jaw from clenching and keeps the jaw in a proper resting position. A splint can be used.
Can reduce swelling, discomfort and relax the tensed muscles linked to the TMJ.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Surgery is the last resort Dr. Elisha recommends. If previous therapies have failed or the patient has a particularly debilitating TMJ case, surgery can fix the disorder. Surgery can include: bite adjustment, jaw reconstruction, open joint repair, or a number of other procedures.