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How Long Does TMJ Therapy Usually Take?

March 3, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — renee @ 9:58 pm
a patient undergoing TMJ therapy

Your temporomandibular joints (TMJ) are quite important—they’re responsible for maintaining your jaw’s functionality and integrity, as well as its connection to the rest of your head. This means that when problems arise, it’s in your best interest to seek professional care; the issue will not go away on its own. Here’s a closer look at some of the various types of TMJ therapy that are available and what you can expect if you’re undergoing this type of treatment.

Why TMJ Therapy Is Important

When you experience issues with your temporomandibular joints, also referred to as TMJ disorder, your general well-being can be severely impacted in various ways. Sometimes the symptoms might seem relatively harmless, like popping and clicking when you move your jaw, but the condition can also lead to severe migraines and other issues that affect the very functionality of your mouth! Since it’s difficult to diagnose, many people suffer from TMJ disorder for years before getting proper treatment; however, once it’s been identified, it can usually be effectively managed!

Types of TMJ Therapy & Their Expected Timelines

The type of TMJ treatment that you require can only be determined by your provider; however, there are various sorts of treatments that can be utilized based on your needs. It’s also worth mentioning that the length of your treatment will vary largely, based on your response to therapy. Here’s more about a few common treatment options:

  • Oral appliance therapy – This is one of the most common ways that dentists are capable of assisting patients with TMJ disorder. These personalized, custom-made appliances, including splints and mouthguards, can help to correct the position of your jaw and ease any painful symptoms you’re experiencing. Splints are generally worn for a few weeks to several months, while mouthguards can be worn on an ongoing basis.
  • Daily exercises and relaxation techniques – Managing TMJ symptoms also requires patients to learn how to manage their stress; believe it or not, tensing up due to stress and anxiety can cause TMJ-related issues! Fortunately, there are various relaxation techniques and exercises that patients can employ, often in combination with oral appliance therapy, that are certain to successfully alleviate TMJ pain. Patients can sometimes see results instantly, but it might take weeks or months to experience the full benefits.

About the Author

A native Texan, Dr. Renee Corbitt received her dental doctorate from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and has proudly served patients and families in the Fort Worth community for several years. Her practice offers a wide range of services including various TMJ treatments. If you have any questions about the article or would like to arrange a visit, you can contact the practice online or over the phone for further assistance: (682) 200-8789.

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