Our doctors will discuss your symptoms and examine your jaw. He or she will probably:
- Listen to and feel your jaw when you open and close your mouth
- Observe the range of motion in your jaw
- Press on areas around your jaw to identify sites of pain or discomfort
If necessary we might need to take dental x-rays, CT scan, or refer you to get an MRI.
For some people TMJ disorders may go away without treatment. If your symptoms persist, our doctors may recommend a variety of treatment options, often more than one to be done at the same time.
We offer a few different types of TMJ treatment. We may prescribe some medication along with some therapy.
- Pain relievers and anti-inflammatories. The doctors may prescribe stronger pain relievers for a limited time, such as prescription strength ibuprofen
- Muscle relaxants. These are sometimes used for a few days or weeks to help relieve pain caused by TMJ disorders created by muscle spasms
- Oral splints or mouth guards (occlusal appliances). People with jaw pain will benefit from wearing a soft or firm device inserted over their teeth
- Physical therapy. Along with exercises to stretch and strengthen jaw muscles, treatments might include ultrasound, moist heat and ice