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Can a tens machine be used to to relieve temporomandibular joint dysfunction?

15 doctors weighed in
Dr. R Lee Hinson
Dentistry
6 doctors agree

In brief: Certainly can

Help with symptoms but does not solve or correct the problem. The most common reason the muscles are acting out is your occlusion.
A bite splint, properly designed by your dentist, will likely help symptoms too. You need an occlusal analysis after muscles are comfortable to decide a course of definitive treatment. Some patients do very well with splint therapy alone, but if there is a way to.

In brief: Certainly can

Help with symptoms but does not solve or correct the problem. The most common reason the muscles are acting out is your occlusion.
A bite splint, properly designed by your dentist, will likely help symptoms too. You need an occlusal analysis after muscles are comfortable to decide a course of definitive treatment. Some patients do very well with splint therapy alone, but if there is a way to.
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Dr. Gregg Friedman
Gregg L. Friedman MD Psychiatrist agrees
Dr. Robert Stoner
Chronic clenching can displace the condyles distally and the occlusion can adapt to that position. When this occurs a splint will allow the condyle to position itself forward and relieve the dysfunction. However, the literature is clear. Malocclusion does not cause TMD. But, the malocclusion can result after the TMD has begun as the occlusion adapts to the new condylar position.
Dr. Robert Stoner
Dentistry - Orthodontics
4 doctors agree

In brief: Helps with symptoms

The tens unit can help relieve the muscle component of tmd, but cannot eliminate the inflammatory component, .

In brief: Helps with symptoms

The tens unit can help relieve the muscle component of tmd, but cannot eliminate the inflammatory component, .
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Dr. Gregg Friedman
Gregg L. Friedman MD Psychiatrist agrees
Dr. Gary Lederman
Ultra low frequency TENS relaxes muscles and improves blood flow to muscles, bringing oxygen and washing away lactic acid and inflammatory compounds. And it allows the dentist to find a treatment bite with muscles in a relaxed position.
Dr. Gary Lederman
Dentistry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Not by itself

Will help short term, but as an adjunct.
Ultra low frequency tens relaxes muscles and improves blood flow to muscles, bringing oxygen and washing away Lactic Acid and inflammatory compounds. And it allows the dentist to find a treatment bite with muscles in a relaxed position. An anatomical orthosis can support the bite in the position that can be revealed with tens, leading to improvement.

In brief: Not by itself

Will help short term, but as an adjunct.
Ultra low frequency tens relaxes muscles and improves blood flow to muscles, bringing oxygen and washing away Lactic Acid and inflammatory compounds. And it allows the dentist to find a treatment bite with muscles in a relaxed position. An anatomical orthosis can support the bite in the position that can be revealed with tens, leading to improvement.
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Dr. Mark Bornfeld
Dentistry
2 doctors agree

In brief: It depends...

Temporomandibular joint dysfunction ("tmd") is a broad term that covers a variety of different issues that share similar symptoms.
Tens might be helpful in control of chronic myofascial tmd pain, but would not address internal temporomandibular joint derangements, such as chondromalacia or disc displancement. It would be worthy of consideration as an adjunct to more comprehensive tmd treatment.

In brief: It depends...

Temporomandibular joint dysfunction ("tmd") is a broad term that covers a variety of different issues that share similar symptoms.
Tens might be helpful in control of chronic myofascial tmd pain, but would not address internal temporomandibular joint derangements, such as chondromalacia or disc displancement. It would be worthy of consideration as an adjunct to more comprehensive tmd treatment.
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: Possible

There is much controversy in the treatment of TMJ pain.
It depends on your philosophy in regards to tmj/tmd pain. But depending upon the cause and type of pain from the TMJ a tens unit can relieve some pain/ discomfort.

In brief: Possible

There is much controversy in the treatment of TMJ pain.
It depends on your philosophy in regards to tmj/tmd pain. But depending upon the cause and type of pain from the TMJ a tens unit can relieve some pain/ discomfort.
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Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management

In brief: Recommended

If you are diagnosed with TMD, a TENS unit is one of the modalities to treat the pain and help with diagnosis.

In brief: Recommended

If you are diagnosed with TMD, a TENS unit is one of the modalities to treat the pain and help with diagnosis.
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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial

In brief: Yes, but

Yes, but usually an ancillary treatment along with other TMJ treatments.

In brief: Yes, but

Yes, but usually an ancillary treatment along with other TMJ treatments.
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