STRESS MANAGEMENT: One treatment approach for
your TMD problem is to learn to manage your daily stress. Your doctor may
recommend several techniques to help you do this. They may include biofeedback,
relaxation breathing, guided imagery, and sometimes referral to a therapist.
PHYSICAL THERAPY: Physical
therapists are trained professionals who help rehabilitate all types of physical
injuries. There are many different techniques that are helpful and the most
common include jaw exercises, postural and ergonomic training, ultrasound,
electrical stimulation, and mobilization. Your doctor and physical therapist
will work together to formulate a plan for your treatment.
OCCLUSAL CORRECTION: Sometimes it is necessary
to improve the way your teeth fit together. This can be accomplished in
Orthodontics, usually with braces, can move your teeth so they
fit together better. In some cases, if the jaws themselves are misaligned, the
jaws are moved with a combination of orthodontics and oral surgery called
Bite Reconstruction is accomplished through extensive dental
work like crowns, bridges and, if indicated, implants. This is done to replace
missing teeth or to change the size and shape of the teeth so they fit and
function together in a more harmonious manner with the jaw joints and muscles.