Question by ConfuZed 0n LIF3: How do specialist cure TMJ and how long does it take?
Answer by tooth975
TMJ disorders can be treated in many ways and I will describe the method I have found to be the most effective and cheapest. Treatment is usually done in 2 phases. Phase 1 consists of reversible procedures designed to stabilize the articular disk and keep it from dislocating, eliminate any pain and trigger points, and restore function. This will involve wearing a splint or orthotic 24/7. After 4-6 months of being asymptomatic, Phase 2 can begin. This phase consists of permanent changes to the teeth, bite, and mandible position to maintain the stability established in Phase 1. Functional orthodontics is usually done to accomplish this. Treatment time is about 5 years start to finish give or take a few months. A lot will depend on how quickly Phase 1 takes. Phase 2 usually takes about 2 1/2 years but Phase 1 varies depending on the severity of the internal derangement and how much muscle problems exists. The best thing about this approach to TMJ treatment is the doctor already knows that the problem can be fixed and will be successful as evidenced by the results obtained with Phase 1 treatment. Those dentists who start making permanent and irreversible changes from the get go are taking a gamble that what they are doing will work. I prefer to know what I am doing will work before I get there rather than cross my fingers and hope for the best.