TMD Treatment Options
Custom-made oral appliances or bite splints can alleviate the pain caused by TMD. While they won’t fix your jaw issue, these non-invasive devices are a great first step towards relief. Typical oral appliances include mouthguards, which you’ll wear while sleeping. Dr. Gabriel will work with you to find the source of your TMD, but relieving your pain comes first.
Physical therapy and daily jaw exercises can help relieve your TMJ pain and improve the health of your jaw muscles. Specific routines can stretch and strengthen your jaw to provide greater mobility and remedy any discomfort. If done consistently, these therapies can help relax the jaw and promote healing of the muscles.
Relaxation Techniques and Injections
Clenching and grinding your teeth during sleep can be the result of stress in your life. Learning to relax your facial muscles can save you from future pain and additional oral health problems. Relaxation can be achieved with lifestyle changes such as meditation and jaw exercises. Dr. Gabriel can also refer you to a professional who can inject your jaws with Botox® or a similar product to relax your muscles and increase movement.