There is no known cure for TMD, therefore the management of TMD or TMJ symptoms is similar to the management of other orthopedic or rheumatologic disorders.
The goals of TMD management should include:
- Decreasing pain
- Reducing the load on the TMJ’s
- Returning to normal function and daily activities of the jaw
Goals can be best achieved by identifying all contributing factors and following a well-defined management program to treat these factors.
Non-surgical, conservative treatment of TMD may include:
- Behavioral management
- Relaxation training
- Oral orthopedic appliance
- Physical therapy