The length of treatment for TMJ will vary depending on individual cases. The causes of your TMJ symptoms will significantly influence the amount of time it takes to reduce your discomfort and correct the underlying issues.
Several approaches can be taken in treating your TMJ, including:
- Dental orthotic devices
- Nighttime mouth guards
- Dental restorations
- Stretching jaw muscles
A combination of these approaches may be used to treat you, so the time required will vary. If your TMJ pain is caused by grinding or clenching your teeth while you sleep, exercise or work, a mouth guard can stop the grinding or clenching. The mouth guard can be worn while you sleep, exercise or work for as long as you continue to grind or clench your teeth.
Dental orthotic devices, or “splints,” are also worn in the mouth, but these devices are usually worn 24 hours a day to alleviate headaches, neck and back pain, and muscle soreness and tension. Some patients wear splints indefinitely to help reposition the jaw and associated muscles.
Some treatments may offer immediate correction of the cause of TMJ pain. If the pressure on your TMJ is caused by uneven tooth surfaces or missing teeth, then dental restorations like dental fillings and dental implants can realign your bite and relieve TMJ discomfort.
For TMJ treatment in Northern Virginia, please contact the experienced neuromuscular dentists at Galleria Dental Aesthetics to schedule a consultation.