TMJ disorders (also called TMD) can come in a number of forms, of different types and severity.
As such, there is no one treatment that is appropriate for everyone. Depending on the type, cause, and extent of the problem, your condition may be treated using one or more of the following techniques:
- A night-time appliance called an orthotic
- Restorative dentistry to rebuild your bite
- Repairs of existing dental work that may have caused your bite to become misaligned
Restorative and reparative dentistry
Many cases of TMD are caused by a misaligned bite.
This can result from any number of things, including injury, inherited characteristics, improperly-done dental work, natural tooth wear, tooth decay, or tooth loss.
Some TMD cases can be resolved by repairing the bite.
- Tooth repairs using dental bonding or porcelain crowns
- Tooth replacements such as dental implants with crowns, and fixed dental bridges
- Repositioning of the bite using Orthodontics
One of the first steps in diagnosing and treating TMD is to relax the jaw muscles. This is done using a TENS unit. This device uses electrodes to deliver gentle current which relaxes the muscles, thus relieving the pain.
Dr. Wendling would settle you comfortably and attach the electrodes in strategic places over the jaw area. By relaxing the jaw muscles, she is determining where the jaw should be in a correct bite. This will be the goal of your TMD treatment: to make the relaxed position permanent.
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If you'd like to learn more about TMD treatments or any of the other procedures we offer, please call or email our office serving Portland, Oregon today to schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Wendling and her team.