Temporomandibular Muscle Disorders
Diagnosing and treating temporomandibular muscle disorders is a challenging yet very rewarding venture. It requires carefully listening to patients so as to obtain a thorough history and identify potential contributing factors. An in-depth clinical exam confirms or refutes the suspicious structures contributing to the temporomandibular muscle disorder.
Identifying and reducing the contributing factors is the key to developing the most cost-effective long-term management for patients with temporomandibular muscle disorders.
With the patients’ participation, methodically develop the most cost-effective treatment plan, focusing upon each patient’s identified contributors. TMD self-management and education are the foundation for empowering self-reliance and enhancing a positive patient to practitioner relationship.
Treatment often involves enlisting the help of other practitioners who provide therapies that are outside of the dentist’s realm of treatment, e.g., physical therapist and psychologist.
As treatments are implemented, ensure the patient’s temporomandibular muscle pain is sufficiently reduced and the masticatory function is restored.
Patients are not passive recipients of our therapies but are active partners in obtaining and maintaining their treatment goals.
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