Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD) can cause a lifetime of pain and severe damage to your teeth. Successful treatment can relieve your pain, protect your teeth from further damage, and improve your overall health.
Initial TMD treatment can be as simple as resting the jaw joints and temporarily switching to a soft diet. The jaw joints can be stabilized through use of a specially-designed orthotic bite splint (or bite guard) that fits over the teeth. A splint may reposition the ball (condyle) of the lower jaw to a healthier position, allowing the disc area to heal and jaw muscles to relax and get out of spasm.These bite appliances redistribute the stresses on the jaw joints and muscle system while specifically guiding jaw joint movements. This in turn encourages the muscles to relax and over time reduces inflammation in the jaw and neck area. For many patients, treatment stops there. If your natural bite is healthy and the muscles have relaxed for a period of time, your bite can go back to its proper alignment, and without the stress and tension it will stay that way.
Some patients have misaligned teeth and left untreated they could throw the jaw joints out of alignment again. Dr. Raymond will plan dental work to correct the tooth problems. Your situation may need a referral to a specialist, where Dr. Raymond would act as the coordinator of your treatment.
You can learn more about TMJ disorders and treatment by reading our Questions About TMD.
Please contact us today to schedule your comprehensive examination or your free initial consultation so you can get on the road to recovery from painful TMD symptoms. Dr. Raymond serves the Minneapolis and Golden Valley area and looks forward to meeting you in-person.
Valley Square Office Center
7575 Golden Valley Rd – STE 240
Golden Valley, Minnesota 55427