Treatment For TMJ Facial Appearance Changes
Now that you know about all the different facial changes that can occur with TMD, it’s time to find out how you can treat them with your Boston TMJ dentist. One of the first steps to treating your facial changes is actually treating your TMJ disorder. At Divine Smiles, Dr. Clancy will use advanced technology to diagnose your TMD. He will use TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) to relax your jaw into a comfortable position. Then, he will use K7 to map out your jaw’s movement when it’s relaxed. With this information, Dr. Clancy will create a customized treatment plan to stabilize your bite and help your jaw rest comfortably at all times. Treatment may include wearing an orthotic device, and orthodontics.
With your jaw resting at a comfortable position, your muscles will no longer bulge, your head should stop tilting, and your facial height should even out.
Lastly, Dr. Clancy may recommend dental crowns, porcelain veneers, dentures, or full mouth reconstruction to rebuild worn teeth back to their original height. This will help restore your facial appearance and smile and stabilize your bite further.