6 doctors weighed in:

How can I cure TMJ without using braces?

6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Depends on cause

Many contributing factors to Temporo-Mandibular Joint Dysfunction.
These are primarily anatomic, muscular, neurologic, stress related, and malocclusion. Most "treatments" don't "cure" TMD, but instead act as a bandaid to reduce symptoms (pain, clicking, locking, etc.) If malocclusion is a causative component, the best cure is to eliminate the malocclusion.

In brief: Depends on cause

Many contributing factors to Temporo-Mandibular Joint Dysfunction.
These are primarily anatomic, muscular, neurologic, stress related, and malocclusion. Most "treatments" don't "cure" TMD, but instead act as a bandaid to reduce symptoms (pain, clicking, locking, etc.) If malocclusion is a causative component, the best cure is to eliminate the malocclusion.
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: See an expert.

TMJ problems can be mild or severe.
They can be temporary or long-term, related to another medical condition such as arthritis, possibly involve the bones or only the muscles, maybe just the nerves, or any combination. It may be on one side or on both sides to different degrees. Orthodontic treatment may trigger the onset of TMJ problems or aggravate it. Its important to see someone experienced!

In brief: See an expert.

TMJ problems can be mild or severe.
They can be temporary or long-term, related to another medical condition such as arthritis, possibly involve the bones or only the muscles, maybe just the nerves, or any combination. It may be on one side or on both sides to different degrees. Orthodontic treatment may trigger the onset of TMJ problems or aggravate it. Its important to see someone experienced!
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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial

In brief: Braces not needed.

Depends on symptoms, and cause of symptoms.
3 signs of TMJ dysfunction: joint noises, joint pain & limited oral opening. Self treat with soft diet, jaw exercises, massage, heat/cold, OTC pain meds. A splint or physical therapy would be next. Occasionally muscle relaxants, biofeedback. Xrays are done for diagnosis. Surgery usually reserved for serious symptoms not responsive to other treatments.

In brief: Braces not needed.

Depends on symptoms, and cause of symptoms.
3 signs of TMJ dysfunction: joint noises, joint pain & limited oral opening. Self treat with soft diet, jaw exercises, massage, heat/cold, OTC pain meds. A splint or physical therapy would be next. Occasionally muscle relaxants, biofeedback. Xrays are done for diagnosis. Surgery usually reserved for serious symptoms not responsive to other treatments.
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Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management

In brief: See OFP specialist

Orofacial pain specialists are experts in TMJ disorders.
TMD should be viewed as a group of related conditions that can be divided into disorders related to the muscles of mastication and those emanating from the TMJ. Rec.: schedule an appointment asap to prevent future complications. here is the link for more information: http://www.aaop.org/

In brief: See OFP specialist

Orofacial pain specialists are experts in TMJ disorders.
TMD should be viewed as a group of related conditions that can be divided into disorders related to the muscles of mastication and those emanating from the TMJ. Rec.: schedule an appointment asap to prevent future complications. here is the link for more information: http://www.aaop.org/
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2 comments
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Good place to start. Know however that this is a subscription, not a specialty, organization. There's no such thing as a Specialty in TMD or in Oro-facial Pain. Choose wisely.
Dr. Paul Grin
Great advice. Thank you Dr. Arnold J. Malerman for your contribution and expertize.