TMJ disorder is quite common in the U.S., with tens of millions of Americans suffering from it. Many people aren’t even aware they have a disorder, while many others just don’t have a proper treatment yet. But every single one of these people have symptoms they’d like relief from right away. We can provide quick relief here at Koala® Center for Sleep & TMJ Disorders! So what is the fastest way to cure TMJ disorder?
What causes TMJ disorder?
Although treatment for TMJ disorder is quite simple in many cases, the causes of the disorder can be difficult for professionals to understand. TMJ disorder is a dysfunction of the temporomandibular (jaw) joint and professionals think unhealthy habits or trauma can cause it. Aging and genetics may be factors too. A patient’s particular case of TMJ disorder could be caused by:
- Teeth damage from teeth clenching or grinding
- Teeth misalignment
- TMJ misalignment or dislocation from a blow to the jaw or cheek area
- Excessive pressure on or tension in the TMJ from excessive gum chewing, nail biting, jaw clenching, etc.
- Osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis in the jaw
You may have a different cause for your particular case of TMJ disorder, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be treated successfully.
What is the treatment for TMJ disorder?
Minor symptoms of TMJ disorder can be relieved with simple TMJ stretches and exercises. TMJ stretches can reduce muscle and joint tension, thereby relieving pain during a flare up or helping with the pain over the long term. Massage and exercises can work similarly, and strengthening exercises will help to strengthen the TMJ for longer-term symptom relief. These stretches and exercises are easy to learn, and we can help you with them here at Koala® Center for Sleep & TMJ Disorders.
While the exercises and stretches can provide immediate relief for minor cases of TMJ disorder, they may not be the most effective ways of addressing more significant cases. However, we can also help with this here at our clinic!
So what is the fastest way to cure TMJ?
For long-term pain relief and relief from more significant cases of TMJ disorder, oral appliance therapy is recommended. It doesn’t simply address the symptoms of the disorder, it addresses the possible causes, like TMJ misalignment, so oral appliance therapy could be considered an actual cure for the disorder! For many cases of TMJ disorder, the therapy reduces symptoms by 90%, which is very significant for a patient. This is about as close as professionals can get to an actual cure for TMJ disorder.
With oral appliance therapy, the patient uses a simple oral insert that’s custom-made to accommodate the patient’s oral anatomy and help the TMJ rest in a natural, relaxed position. The treatment can provide immediate symptom relief and serve as a long-term cure for TMJ disorder.
Oral appliance therapy is approved by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and we’re proud to be able to provide it here at Koala® Center for Sleep & TMJ Disorders.
Do you offer oral appliance therapy near me?
We very likely do! Koala® Center for Sleep & TMJ Disorders has different clinic locations in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, Texas, and Wisconsin. Please see our Locations page for our locations’ addresses and contact information, and from there you can book a consultation with us. You can also do so by calling our head office. During a consultation, we’ll assess your particular case of jaw pain, and if we determine you have TMJ disorder, we’ll suggest exercises, stretches, and/or oral appliance therapy.
We look forward to hearing from you soon and helping you with your oral health right away!