Advanced Treatments for TMJ Disorders / TMD - Wilmington, Spring

People who have a severe TMJ disorder will often require more involved care. Basic treatments for TMJ disorders may not be the best options for such patients. For such patients, more advanced and invasive therapies will properly address the root cause of the TMJ disorder. During your consultation with Dr. Raj Kulkarni, we will go over all of your treatment options for TMJ disorders in greater detail. The team at our Wilmington practice would like to briefly cover some of the more advanced therapies for TMD patients.

BOTOX® Injections and TMJ Disorder

If there are issues with the muscles of the jaw and face, BOTOX® injections may be used. Rather than offering a cosmetic benefit, the BOTOX® injection will relax the muscles in the injection site, relieving tension and strain. Repeat injections can be performed every few months.

Corticosteroid Injections and TMJ Disorders

When the primary cause of a TMJ disorder is arthritis, one of the common treatments is the injection of corticosteroid drugs. This will relieve pain and inflammation in the injection site. As with BOTOX® injections, repeat treatments can be performed every few months.

Invasive Therapy and Surgery for TMJ Disorders

There are a number of surgeries available for serious TMJ disorders. During your consultation at our Wilmington practice, we’ll be sure to go over the basics of these TMD surgeries so you understand what to expect. Three common TMJ disorder surgeries include:
  • Arthrocentesis: During arthrocentesis, needles are inserted into the area of the temporomandibular joint and then wash out the joint using sterile fluids.
  • Arthroscopy: Arthroscopic surgery is performed through a small incision in front of the ear. Using a small tool with an attached camera and light, an oral surgeon can examine the TMJ on a video screen and then make corrections to the various structures of the joint.
  • Open-joint surgery: Open-joint surgery is the most invasive TMJ disorder surgery. It will involve exposing the temporomandibular joint so that it can be treated properly.

Diet and Lifestyle Changes

Above and beyond mere relaxation techniques, sometimes patients with TMJ disorders will need to change their diet and develop new habits. They may be encouraged to eat soft foods, avoid opening their mouth too wide when yawning, or train themselves to keep their teeth from touching as much as possible.

Learn More About Treatment for TMJ Disorders in Wilmington

It’s important that you speak with Dr. Raj Kulkarni as soon as you notice any signs or symptoms of TMD. Doing so will prevent major dental health and general health problems down the road. For more information about your many treatment options, contact our Wilmington practice for a TMD examination today. We look forward to discussing your many options for TMJ disorder treatment in more detail.