TMJ is the name given to any disorder impacting the alignment of your jaw, but many of these disorders affect your jaw in different ways. Treating TMJ relies on determining where misalignment is coming from, a process that requires a thorough examination of the jaw along with facial and neck muscles. Once the proper muscles have been identified, Dr. Jean Morency can customize a TMJ treatment plan that meets your very unique needs.
The first step in treating TMJ is establishing proper bite position. This is done through muscle relaxation with a TENS unit. A TENS unit is an electrotherapy device that uses small electrical currents to relax muscles.
TENS therapy has two distinct benefits:
- Immediate relief of TMJ symptoms such as pain
- Allowing muscles to relax sufficiently for our dentists to establish proper bite alignment
Once established, we can begin to tailor your TMJ treatment to restore proper jaw position and provide long-term relief.
Our neuromuscular dentists use oral devices such as mouthguards or oral splints to help relax and retrain muscles. These oral devices are customized to fit comfortably in your mouth and address your specific case of TMJ. This phase of treatment may take several months, but is necessary for permanently restoring alignment.
After muscles have been retrained and alignment restored, dental solutions such as porcelain veneers or dental crowns may be used to help the jaw retain proper position. What treatments will provide a permanent solution for your TMJ can best be determined by one of our neuromuscular dentists.
To schedule your TMJ treatment consultation with our experienced Houston neuromuscular dentist, please contact us today.