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Dr. Neil Giddings
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
5 doctors agree
In brief: See oral surgeon
Many treatments exist, but appropriate treatment is based on what the underlying cause is for your TMJ problems.
Could be your occlusion, injury to the cartilage, arthritis, or muscle imbalance. E treatment would be based on the underlying pathology.

In brief: See oral surgeon
Many treatments exist, but appropriate treatment is based on what the underlying cause is for your TMJ problems.
Could be your occlusion, injury to the cartilage, arthritis, or muscle imbalance. E treatment would be based on the underlying pathology.
Dr. Neil Giddings
Dr. Neil Giddings
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Dr. Edmund Lipskis
Since Oral Surgery should be a last resort for TMD problems, a dentist with extensive training in conservative approaches to treatment would usually be the best starting point. Many dentists claim to treat TMD issues, but very few actually have gotten the extensive CE and training to actually have a high level of competency.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
2 doctors agree
In brief: A few things
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: A few things
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.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Dr. Louis Gallia
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Dr. Gary Lederman
Dentistry
2 doctors agree
In brief: Fix the bite
If the bite is the problem, there can be problems with the joint.
But the joint damage comes second, not first. You cannot fix only the joint and expect the problem to be resolved. First, properly diagnose the problem. Then correct the bite with a bite plate (called an orthosis) that allows the jaw to relax. When symptoms resolve, consider orthodontics or reconstruction as a permanent solution.

In brief: Fix the bite
If the bite is the problem, there can be problems with the joint.
But the joint damage comes second, not first. You cannot fix only the joint and expect the problem to be resolved. First, properly diagnose the problem. Then correct the bite with a bite plate (called an orthosis) that allows the jaw to relax. When symptoms resolve, consider orthodontics or reconstruction as a permanent solution.
Dr. Gary Lederman
Dr. Gary Lederman
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1 doctor agrees
In brief: Diagnoses is key
Finding the cause and getting a diagnosis is key to getting effective treatment.
Tmj is not a diagnosis but a group of disorders related to the jaw joint or tmj. For example, if the cause of the problem is a muscle problem than effective treatment would involve treating the muscle. I have seen over 2400 patients with TMJ problems and very few need surgery or extensive bite corrections.

In brief: Diagnoses is key
Finding the cause and getting a diagnosis is key to getting effective treatment.
Tmj is not a diagnosis but a group of disorders related to the jaw joint or tmj. For example, if the cause of the problem is a muscle problem than effective treatment would involve treating the muscle. I have seen over 2400 patients with TMJ problems and very few need surgery or extensive bite corrections.
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dr. John Van der Werff
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