Once you’re “officially” diagnosed with Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD/TMJ), you can begin treatment as soon as you’re ready.
TENS: TENS units are small electrical devices that send an electrical impulse to the muscles that open and close your mouth. If your chronic TMJ occurs because you clench or grind your teeth (bruxism), this impulse can help your muscles to relax. You can have TENS treatments right here in our office; many patients experience immediate relief after the first TENS session. TENS is affordable, easy, and can be done in a matter of minutes. For many people, this is the first step toward treatment.
Electromyography sensors: This TMJ technology involves sensors that tell Dr. Goodling whether your muscles are relaxed and your bite is properly aligned. The sensors can tell if your jaw movement is still impacted by misalignment and help our dentist craft a treatment plan tailored to you.
Orthotic devices: Once your jaw muscles are relaxed, Dr. Goodling and Dr. Rosen, your Wilmington, DE, TMJ dentists, can tell if realigning your bite will help ease chronic jaw pain and other symptoms. If so, and this is often the case, he will recommend and design an oral appliance (an orthotic device) to move your jaw into its optimal position. Oral appliances for TMJ can be temporary and removable, or they can be permanent. Dr. Goodling will discuss which oral appliance is best for you and will explain when it’s to be put in your mouth and for how long.
Surgery is rarely, if ever, recommended for the treatment of TMJ at this Wilmington, Delaware, practice. Our dentists, Dr. Goodling and Dr. Rosen, and our TMJ team know there are many non-invasive TMJ treatment options that work extremely well. These TMJ treatments are not painful, and they don’t require any downtime or recovery period. There will be no missed work, no pain meds, and no liquid diet.