Are you a DIYer? If you love shows like Home Experts or Flip This House, you may be tempted to do home renovations yourself. Working at home to update your flooring or replace your countertops is just fine, but what about DIY treatments for dentistry? Thousands of people across the country try it – and quickly find out that dental treatment should be left to the professionals. This is also true for those who try to treat their temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMD.
What Is TMD?
TMD is a condition that affects the temporomandibular joints (TMJs) and the muscles that surround them. The TMJs are the joints that connect the jaw to the skull and allow it to move. When the TMJs are stressed, damaged or worn down, the muscles that surround them also become stressed, damaged and worn down. The result is inflammation, pain and stiffness. It can also cause loss of function, which means the jaw can become stuck in an open or closed position.
How Is TMD Treated?
You can Google “at-home TMD treatments” and get a dozen or so products making claims to treat TMD. Or you can purchase one-size-fits-all orthotics from your local pharmacy. But these options are not ideal for a few reasons.
One, TMD is not a one-size-fits-all problem. Your TMD and your friend’s TMD can look and feel different and be caused by various factors. Which means you need different treatments to ease symptoms and treat the root cause.
Two, there’s a big difference between the benefits of neuromuscular dentistry treatment (or even full-mouth reconstruction) and boil-and-bite orthotics.
Yes, we know you want to save money, and cheaper is often very attractive, but that cheap deal is not always ideal. It probably won’t work and could make your TMD worse – and cost you more to fix in the end.
So, instead of taking a chance, you should choose an experienced professional well versed in treating TMD. Dr. Konig is just the expert you’re looking for and can help get your jaw into the correct position to help reduce the uncomfortable symptoms of TMD.
Professional treatments for TMD include the use of custom-fit dental orthotics, neuromuscular orthodontics and sometimes crowns and other dental restorations to help balance the bite and relieve TMD pain.
Are you living with the discomfort of TMD? Don’t DIY it. Call Dr. Konig instead at 713-668-2289 for more information today.