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Once diagnosed, the treatment goal is always non-invasive, therapeutic rehabilitation instead of surgery. The treatment options vary depending on the condition and the individual patient’s needs and desired results and most commonly includes short term wear of customized positioned orthotic appliances (not splints) in the mouth during the day and/or the night. Some plans with involve physical medicine treatments to enhance the healing process and provide pain relief during rehabilitation.
Since TMD is often a chronic and degenerative disorder, the pain and dysfunctions related to these conditions usually worsen over time. Symptoms commonly increase in severity and treatment becomes more complex. For this reason we believe all patients who experience head, neck or facial pain (alone or in combination) should receive a comprehensive TMJ evaluation as part of what is known as the differential diagnosis process.