Treatment of TMJ Dysfunction…TMJ pain series

If all else fails, as it occasionally does in the treatment of the painful but complex condition that is TMJ dysfunction, usually a nightguard (or occlusal splint) is recommended, in most serious cases even in conjunction with mild anti-anxiety medication (to avoid the need for frequent muscle relaxants, which can be addictive and can also build up tolerance).

Nightguards are made of acrylic, they are custom-designed for your teeth and they are worn at night.

If you are unfortunate enough to be suffering from chronic TMJ or muscle dysfunction, you probably feel sometimes as if you are going slightly mad as there is nothing visibly wrong with you, yet you are in constant pain. It helps to know that you are not alone. About half of the population suffer from at least occasional symptoms or signs of this condition.

As we said in our earlier blogs, treatment of TMJ dysfunction depends on the cause, but often, the most effective and quickest pain relief comes from wearing a nightguard- an acrylic platform, custom fitted to your upper or lower teeth, which keeps your teeth apart at night. This can be made by your dentist and will last you between 5 and 10 years.

You may also benefit from a multidisciplinary approach, where your dentist collaborates with chiropractors and physiotherapists or even GPs and ENT specialists, to give you a more rounded, more comprehensive diagnosis and treatment.

Lastly, you may just need to take stock of what it is in your daily life that may be putting you at risk of joint and muscle pain. Maybe your pain is your own body subconsciously fighting against your conscious efforts to bury some tough issues and maybe all you really need is that well deserved island holiday?

Please write to us if you have had an experience like this. Has it resolved and how? We would love to hear your own personal take on this very complex subject which seems to perplex not only dentists but all health practitioners!

Thank you for reading!

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Tijana Fisher

Tijana Fisher

Tijana Fisher is a dentist, a wife and a mum (not in order of importance, of course)! She loves her life because she has been blessed with great variety and complete absence of the mundane. Every day, she puts on her different hats and slips into her different roles, all thoroughly enjoyable and challenging. She loves writing and sharing her knowledge (and opinion) with others. She also loves hearing other points of view, even if polar opposites to hers. This makes life rich and interesting and even teaches her a thing or two!

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