How is TMJ Treated?

We receive numerous emails and inquiries regarding TMJ and a common question is how is TMJ treated. While this is certainly a great question, it is a broad question. In our office, the answer is based on the diagnosis of each individual particular circumstance.  We use objective measurements with computerized technology and 3D scans of our patients along with a discussion of their symptoms to give our patients their options.  Like other medical professions, the use of this data allows for improved, more predictable, and accurate diagnosis of the problem. To compund this question, the second part of this commonly asked question is, ” I already have a splint, so what do you do differently as it does not work.” Consider that every patient who had a bad knee and went to the orthopedic surgeon who took no films on the knee and simply place all the patients in a knee brace.  This is what an arbitrary splint is and is why they do not work in the majority of TMJ patients.  If the patient only has some muscle spasms, the arbitrary splint might work, but if they have joint degeneration, clicking or popping, neck issues, ear problems such as ringing, or displaced joints the arbitrary splint can even worsen the problem.  By the same token, those with a slight knee sprain might get some relief, but those with torn ACL’s or degeneration of the knee joint would not. The good news is that most TMJ problems can be treated non-surgically and conservatively. If you have any questions about Houston TMJ or Houston Cosmetic Dentistry or Houston Neuromuscular Dentistry, please feel free to contact our office, Ronald W. Konig DDS, FAGD, LVIF  713-668-2289  

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