TMJ Diagnosis & Treatment
How To Diagnos and Treat Patients
The treatment options
So what are the treatment options? If there aren’t any intra-capsular issues then three-to-six months using theTMJ Appliance™ will resolve a lot of the issues. Generally patients should be reviewed after one and two months to monitor progress. If 50 percent of the patient's symptoms have been relieved, then treatment is working.
So why does it work? It unloads the joint, aligns the jaws, brings the mandible forward, corrects midline shifts, corrects tongue position and stops any poor myofunctional habits. The key point to realise here is that we are focusing on myofunctional issues. The TMJ Appliance™ also prevents tooth grinding, it’s soft, flexible and easy to use.
The TMD Appliance™ (‘D’ for daytime use) was developed as a single-arch, mouldable and removable daytime splint that is also suitable if a patient has some missing teeth, or if they display an intra-capsular issue.
The Bruxogard™ was designed for patients who have problems with teeth grinding (bruxing).
The TMJ-MBV™ (Mouth Breather Version) was designed for patients who snore and have trouble with mouth breathing during sleep. The TMJ-MBV™ has a higher-profile than the TMJ Appliance™, with large breathing holes.