The treatment for temporomandibular joint disorder comes with
1. assessing what kind of disorder it is (there are many types)
2. assessing what caused it
3. Assessing what aggravates it, or makes it flare up
4. treating the acute condition (pain, opening limitation, swelling etc), and
5. treating some of the long term consequences of the disorder (like developing osteoarthrits)
There are many different reasons or cause for a jaw joint disorder. Saying that you have “temporomandibular joint disorder” is like Latin for “you have a jaw joint problem”. It isn't a real diagnosis.
You wouldn't call a twisted knee as “tibia-fibula joint disorder”. You would instead apply a precise diagnosis like “ruptured anterior cruciate ligament with posterior instability in standing”.
Occlusion and jaw joints is like feet and knees. There are many types of knee problems ranging from osteo-arthritis, to muscle problems, to cartilage tears, and capsular strains and sprains.
Likewise jaw joints also have a range of disease types, which collectively fall under the term of “TMJ disorder”. Sure the teeth and bite are a major influence on how jaw joints work, but jaw joint disease requires careful assessment before any tretament can be applied, and that is usually through an oral and maxillofacial surgical specialist.
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