Treatments for Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD)
The goals of treatment for TMD syndrome include:
- Relief of pain
- Improve joint function
Most doctors feel strongly that good, careful treatment for TMD should only include techniques that are simple and potentially reversible. Although a variety of treatments have been touted for TMD treatment, most doctors feel the more extreme, complex treatments have not proven helpful in the long term. They also note that some of these treatments, such as surgery, can have long-term negative effects.
Treatment may involve the following:Lifestyle changesMedicationsOther treatments
Surgery is rarely recommended for TMD. If you are advised to have surgery, get a second opinion. If surgery is recommended, carefully research its benefits.
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