New Advances in TMJ Treatment
As a Dental Surgeon with a focus on TMJ, I know firsthand how painful and debilitating this condition can be for patients. The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects the jawbone to the skull, and when it is not functioning correctly, it can cause a range of symptoms, including jaw pain, headaches, earaches, and difficulty chewing.
Fortunately, there are many treatment options available for TMJ patients, and new advancements are being made all the time. In this blog, I will discuss some of the latest treatment options available for TMJ patients.
Occlusal splints. Occlusal splints are custom-made devices that fit over the teeth and are designed to help realign the jaw and relieve pressure on the TMJ. They are worn at night and can also help prevent teeth grinding and clenching.
Physical therapy. Physical therapy can be an effective treatment option for TMJ patients, especially those with muscle-related symptoms. A physical therapist can work with you to strengthen the muscles in your jaw and improve your range of motion.
Botox injections. Botulinum toxin injections can be used to relax the muscles in the jaw and reduce pain associated with TMJ. This treatment is especially helpful for patients who experience muscle spasms or tension headaches.
Surgery. Surgery is usually a last resort for TMJ patients, but in severe cases, it may be necessary. Surgery can involve repairing or replacing the joint, removing damaged tissue, or correcting a misaligned bite.
Stem cell therapy. Stem cell therapy is a promising new treatment option for TMJ patients. It involves injecting stem cells into the joint to promote healing and repair damaged tissue. This treatment is still in the early stages of development, but it has shown promise in clinical trials.
In conclusion, TMJ can be a painful and frustrating condition, but there are many treatment options available to help manage the symptoms. If you are experiencing jaw pain or other symptoms of TMJ, it is essential to speak with a dental professional who specializes in this area. They can help diagnose the condition and develop a treatment plan tailored to your individual needs. With the latest treatment options available, there is hope for relief from TMJ pain and discomfort.