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A 45-year-old member asked:

T.e.n.s pain relief machine has anyone ever used one for tmdand did it work?

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Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 38 years experience
Limited: As a surgeon, i don't use tens units for TMJ treatment. Those with the greatest experience would be dentists who specialize in management of TMJ problems. I would say that tens therapy has limited applicability.
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Dr. Gary Lederman
Dentistry 42 years experience
Helpful: I use ultra low frequency tens to relax the muscles of the face prior to taking a bite for TMJ treatment appliances. It is different than the type of tens used for pain management. Ulf tens alone is of limited value. The bite appliance keeps the muscles relaxed and the jaw on a proper path of closure, key issues in the management of patients withtmd.
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Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
Yes it can: Depending upon the diagnosis it can be effective. Tmd is not a diagnosis but tens can be effective with muscle pain or a diagnosis of myalgia.
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