While some individuals may experience a gradual dissipation of symptoms caused by TMJ Disorder with no treatment necessary, many others suffer long-term, debilitating problems that have an effect on their day-to-day lives. Fortunately, there are a number of minimally invasive treatment options, as well as neuromuscular dentistry techniques, designed to significantly reduce the symptoms of this common condition and have you feeling back to normal.
Dr. Edward Romano and Dr. Matthew Vaccaro have completed extensive additional training in the field of TMJ Disorder treatment and offer some of the latest techniques here at our practice. One of the more advanced treatments for TMJ Disorder available from our dentists here at Aesthetic Smiles of New Jersey is called Occlusal Equilibration. This technique primarily involves an extensive evaluation of your bite and how it is functioning in relation to the muscles and joints in your jaws. A bite adjustment can then be utilized to reduce stress on the temporomandibular joint and address any problems a malfunctioning bite may be causing to surrounding muscles.
Other treatment options for TMJ Disorder include medication and restorative dental procedures. Orthodontic options such as Invisalign® or Six Month Smiles® can improve teeth alignment and bite issues that may be causing undue stresses on the jaw joints. Even treatments such as dental crowns or porcelain veneers can help in some cases of TMJ Disorder, giving the structure of the teeth improved balance. Custom-designed mouthguards can reduce the potential for grinding and clenching the teeth while you sleep, a condition which can exacerbate TMJ Disorder and cause a range of other symptoms. Even physical therapies you can use at home can be a good way to relieve stress on the jaws.
The best treatment option for your needs will depend on your unique oral anatomy and the severity of your symptoms as they relate to TMJ Disorder. Dr. Romano or Dr. Vaccaro will be happy to meet with you for a comprehensive oral exam to talk with you about your concerns and determine which treatment may be best for your needs.
Editor’s note: The original version of this post was published on February 10, 2016.