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How to Permanently Treat TMD

Posted on 6/3/2024 by Esthetic Smiles
3D rendered xray of a skull with the TMJ highlightedYour capacity to chew, speak, and even sleep comfortably can be severely impacted by Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD). Long-term comfort and dental health require a permanent solution, even if home remedies and short-term therapies can provide some relief. Following are some successful methods of treating TMD permanently:

Simple Changes to Impact TMD

Start with recognizing and treating habits like grinding or clenching your teeth that could aggravate your Temporomandibular Joint Disorder. Stress-reduction exercises like yoga or meditation are also helpful in easing jaw muscle tension.

Dental Procedures

Your dentist may suggest several procedures to address biting problems or misalignment that exacerbate Temporomandibular Joint Disorder. These procedures can enhance your bite and reduce joint strain. They can be orthodontic therapy, dental crowns, or dental bridges.

Physical Therapy

Over time, a person experiencing TMD can exercise to stretch and strengthen the muscles surrounding their jaw, which can help to enhance its function and lessen pain. A physical therapist can teach you these techniques.

Night Guards or Splints

Night guards or splints help protect your teeth and relieve the pressure causing TMD. These specially designed devices can assist in lessening the clenching and grinding of the teeth.


Surgery might be considered in serious situations when all other therapies have failed. Usually, a final option entails operations to replace or repair the joint.

Lifestyle Adjustments

A person experiencing TMD should avoid chewy or hard foods to lessen neck and jaw strain. Finding the best action for your circumstance requires speaking with a dentist. These techniques and addressing the underlying cause of your TMD can provide long-lasting relief and raise your standard of living.

Make an Appointment

Do not hesitate to get treatment if you have TMD. Make time to see our dentist right away to discuss your alternatives for long-term treatment. We know that addressing TMD will improve your overall comfort. Your future self will be grateful!

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