How to Successfully Deal with Your Own TMJD

How to Successfully Deal with Your Own TMJD

Temperomandibular Joint Disorder can be a complicated and painful condition, but fortunately there are simple and effective treatments available. Many treatments for relieving the symptoms can be carried out by yourself. There are however some cases which will require an oral device.

There are a number of beneficial local conservative treatments. These include controlling and cutting out stress with methods like yoga, pilates, relaxation, and hypnotherapy. Dietary changes, e.g. cutting out coffee and stimulant drinks, along with moving to a soft diet and consuming less red meat. Warm moist heat can be applied during acute phases. Exercising the jaw by standing in front of a mirror and opening and closing the jaw, moving the jaw on closing to one side giving the discomfort, and making an attempt to hold the lower jaw so the upper and lower tooth centre lines are in-line with one another. Regularise sleep patterns. And lastly trying drugs, however they are frequently non effective.

Commonly the first line of treatment will be to use an oral device. These devices are also referred to as splints and look a bit like a sports mouth guard. The splint will provide pain alleviation and reduce the stress on the jaw. The splint may also help improve your bite while it is being used and it may also help the jaw joint find a rather more therapeutic position within the socket. Effective splint treatment is frequently an indication that bruxism was behind the TMJD.

The Somnowell oral device works in the same way as the conventional plastic splints. It is worn in the mouth at night time and is designed to reduce clenching and grinding. The Somnowell however is made from cast chrome cobalt alloy. Plastic devices quickly deform and degrade in the mouth, particularly when subjected to clenching and grinding. Chrome cobalt alloy is extremely strong and robust, like gold it does not deform or degrade in the mouth and is impervious to the effects of clenching and grinding. Another benefit is the improved cleanliness, chrome cobalt alloy is highly resistant to oral fungi, unlike plastic devices that need intensive maintenance and quickly become unsightly and smelly.