When treating TMJ problems there are a wide variety of solutions. Sometimes braces are the best solutions as with younger patients. Sometimes a non-invasive dentistry bite reconstruction would be better for an older patient. Sometimes just wearing a night guard can help the patient get relief without braces or a bite reconstruction.
Other times a bite equilibration or bite balancing would be a good option. The treatment objectives are based on the diagnosis and the treatment choices available to the patient.
The TMJ is the only joint in the body with a combination of mechanical stress and mental stress. The hip joint does not have mental stress, only mechanical. The knee only has mechanical stress but the TMJ has both.
Sometimes TMJ does not require braces, a night guard or a bite reconstruction, it may require stress reduction methods as biofeedback or a vacation! Some patient have gotten divorces and that solved their TMJ pain! The key to TMJ treatment is to detect the most likely cause of the pain.
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