Use Reversible Methods for TMD Treatment, Experts Advice
About 12% of people living in the US suffer from temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) at a given point in their life. Both men and women are prone to TMD, but the majority who seek treatment are women in the childbearing age bracket.
According to the NIH, medical experts recommend the use of reversible treatments for the safe and effective treatments for muscle and jaw joint disorders. Unlike other treatments, reversible treatments do not affect the structure of the teeth, jaw, and face tissues. Even with persistent disorders, there is less need for aggressive types of treatment.
Here are some examples of non-invasive TMD treatments:
Physicians prescribe drugs like Ibuprofen to relieve discomfort and pain as a result of tight muscles. If the pain is chronic, you may need to use anti-depressants such as Elavil and Valium. The Jaw Health Resource is against such medication because excess medications may result in addiction.
Physical therapy is used to treat pain and restricted jaw movement as a result of TMJ disorders. The physician drafts a unique therapy program for a particular patient. The patient will then need to do some stretching and relaxation exercises to release tight muscles and minimize scar tissue.
TMJ disorders cause malocclusions of the two maxillary bones. A flat-plane stabilization appliance provides relief from pain when used as a first-line therapy. The patient may need to wear the flat plane splint for a longer period of time to achieve the best results.
Non-invasive TMD treatments are advisable as first-line treatment when a patient experiences symptoms of jaw discomfort. The treatments may differ depending on one’s jaw structure and overall health.