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Tmj Disorders And Treatment
TX can vary: The cause of your tmj/tmd, if known and the duration of your problem, may dictate the treatment. Often treatment for TMJ can vary from person to person and also may sometimes involve seeing other doctors. Physical therapy, tens, ultrasound therapy, exercises, and mouthpieces are the most standard types of treatment. You may need combinations of all. ...Read moreSee 6 more doctor answers
Highly: The right type of appliance, properly designed and adjusted very precisely can be very effective. Most appliances lack these features and don't deliver the full diagnostic and therapeutic potential of this non-invasive approach. Carefully done, an anatomical orthosis can al, ist always eliminate he need for invasive and painful surgery. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Variety of ways: A thorough examination beyond what is typically done is usually necessary. This exam would check things like the history of what has happened to your jaw, as well as listening to the sounds it makes. Often there are measurements of the range of motion. Usually other inspection of your bite alignment too. The exam also checks a variety of muscles that affect the TMJ as well. ...Read moreSee 6 more doctor answers
Great!: An oral orthotic (spint/night guard), designed correctly for the correct problem, can be very helpful. The etiology (cause) of the problem also needs to be addressed. Parafunctional habits like clenching, grinding, gum chewing, biting finger nails, chewing ice? Arthritis? Past trauma? ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Are there any at home treatments for TMJ disorder? Also can impacted wisdom teeth cause TMJ disorder?
Of course: the orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics are the first specialty created in the field of dentistry. By definition orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that corrects teeth and jaws that are positioned improperly. Ask your orthodontist for more information. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Behavoir problems: An experienced pediatrician can begin a work-up of a child with behavior problems. Depending on the severity of the issues with the child, a psychiatrist or psychologist may also need to be involved. If autism is suspected, then a developmental expert at a pediatric hospital can provide helpful information to discover why a child and family are struggling with certain behaviors. ...Read more
Depends on the cause: Bone or joint injuries are usually treated by orthopedic surgeons, although non-surgical treatments can be done by family physicians, general internists, and physiatrists (physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists.) if arthritis is involved, especially if it is rheumatoid arthritis, then a rheumatologist will usually treat this disorder. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Many: Meds are generally not the answer to treating tmj/tmd. I often see new patients in my office that are already heavily medicated with no results. I ethically do not tell them to ditch the meds, but i offer other alternatives like physical therapy, exercises and mouthpieces, which tend to treat the source of the problem, not mask it as meds often do. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Treatment Options: Bipolar disorder Tx Meds fall into classes of mood stabilizers (Lithium?/ anticonvulsants like valproic acid, divalproex or lamotrigine) & atypical antipsychotics (Quetiapine, aripiprazole, olanzapine or risperidone). Schizophrenia is treated with antipsychotics.Other tx: psychoeducation, cognitive behavioral therapy, psychotherapy & family or group therapy. ...Read more
What would be your choice of treatment for migraines, fibromyalgia, cervical stenosis, degerative disc and joint disease, TMJ & myofacial combined.
Variable: There is no single medication which will provide significant relief for all of these disorders; you should see your pcp for this complex dilemma. A good starting point for therapy is non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, like aleve. Add to that a general neuropathy rx like lyrica (pregabalin). Each case and response to therapy is different -- see your doctor. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Who is the best person to diagnose and treat TMJ : ent, TMJ dentist, oral and maxiofacial surgeon or cranial osteopath ?
Depends on the cause: Usually the first person to discuss your symptoms and details with is your dentist. After helping to discern what the root cause of the issue is, then they can help make the appropriate referral (if needed) to someone that can best assist your issue. ...Read moreSee 6 more doctor answers
More info?: Adjustment disorder means that whatever symptoms you are having are the result of your reaction to some incident , change , or situation.At some point if the symptoms do not resolve the diagnosis will change to reflect a difficulty more inherent to you.This also means that specifically working on improving your coping strategies , attitude, understanding and " adjustment" to "it"should help. ...Read more
What are some good home-care methods to relieve jaw tension, tenderness and stiffness caused by TMJ disorder?
Jaw joint: Tmj stands for temporomandibular joint. It is the joint that connects the lower jaw to the base of the skull at two areas or joints. It sometimes refers to conditions that involve this anatomical area that today are referred to as tmd, temporomandibular disorders, a group of various conditions involving the breakdown of any, some or all of the differing components of the tmj. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
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