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Therapeutic approaches in treating TMJ disorders

Posted on November 26, 2014 11:34 am under Medical Malpractice

The temporomandibular joint connects the jaw to the skull. Its flexibility allows the jaw to perform movements, such as speaking and yawning. When the components of TMJ and its surrounding tissues are damaged, TMJ disorders might occur.

TMJ disorders are accompanied by facial pain that can become aggravated during jaw movements. In managing TMJ disorders, doctors may recommend one or more of these non-pharmaceutical approaches:

  • Physical therapy – Relaxation techniques, stress reduction, self-stretching of the jaw, and facial massage may all help strengthen jaw muscles and reduce the tightness of the jaw
  • Bite guards – Bite guards, such as oral splints and night guards, are mouthpieces worn over the lower and upper teeth to keep them from touching each other. Night guards are used while sleeping, while oral splits are used all the time

Unfortunately, TMJ disorders can sometimes result from an improperly managed dental procedure. If you or your loved one has been the victim of a dental malpractice in Wisconsin, our team of dental malpractice lawyers at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® is ready to look into your situation to see if it qualifies you for a claim. Call us at (414) 271-0900 and have your case assessed for free.