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TMJ Guidelines

Your dentist has diagnosed you with temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD).

  • TMD is very common in all age groups. It may be attributed to discrepancies in your bite, grinding or clenching teeth, arthritis, joint degeneration, or anatomic discrepancies.
  • In most cases, TMD can be treated with simple non-surgical intervention. This is accomplished with anti-inflammatory drugs, muscle relaxers, and splint therapy.
  • Splint therapy involves fabricating a mouthpiece that supports the joint and relieves stresses.

Treatment will involve:

  1. Anti-inflammatory drugs: Ibuprofen, Alleve, or Aspirin in prescription or over the counter form.
  2. Muscle relaxers (Benzodiazepines): Valium, Ativan, etc.
  3. Splint Therapy: A bite splint to be worn as directed.

Most cases are successfully treated with non-surgical intervention. Unfortunately, there are a minority of cases that require further treatment and possible surgical intervention. Radiographic evaluation and results of non-surgical treatment will dictate need for surgical intervention.

Please contact our office if you have any further questions about your treatment.