Non-Surgical Treatments for TMD/TMJ

TMD/TMJ, dysfunction and pain of the jaw, can be an extremely painful condition. In addition to chronic pain in the back, jawbone, and neck, the patient may experience ringing in the ears, sinus pressure, and sensitive teeth. Other symptoms reported could include teeth grinding and jaw clicking when chewing food. The Sherman Oaks Dentistry team’s first priority is to bring these symptoms under control before developing a painless non-surgical treatment regimen.

Immediate Pain Relief

At the intake session, viable treatment options include pain relievers, anti-inflammatory drugs, and muscle relaxants. Relief for extreme symptoms includes steroids applied directly to the painful jaw areas.

Your practitioner might also recommend a proactive self-treatment regimen, including eating soft foods, applying ice to the sore spots, and using checking posture throughout the day. Even massages can decrease upper body pain in severe TMD/TMJ cases.

Painless TMD/TMJ Treatment at Sherman Oaks Dentistry

After your intake appointment, Dr. Perlaza will immediately address your symptoms and then decide on a long-term solution. Two types of dental prostheses offered at his clinic will help correct your TMD/TMJ:

  • Nociceptive Trigeminal Inhibitor (NTI): This is a cap that goes over your top two teeth at night to prevent contact between your canines and molars.
  • Dental Splints: Worn during the day or night, mouth guards can help align the jaw, decrease tension that causes pain, and eliminate teeth grinding that can damage tooth enamel.

Dental research supports that non-surgical dental splints and NTIs are effective and safe. Dr. Perlaza and his team will monitor your treatment to make sure that your TMD/TMJ improves. Schedule an appointment today to start living pain free.