Temporomandibular Joint Disorders

There are a variety of treatments available for TMJ disorders, ranging from pain medications and relaxation techniques to splints and surgery. Depending on the severity and type of your problem, your doctor will select which treatment is most effective for you.

At UCSF, a physical therapist is also available on-site to provide physical therapy services designed for patients suffering from TMJ.

Splints — also called mouth guards — are used to treat teeth grinding, clenching and TMJ disorders. They are made of plastic and either fit over your upper or lower teeth. While splints are successful for some people, others may find that they increase pain or become ineffective after a period of time. If this is the case, you should stop wearing it.

In severe cases and if non-surgical therapies have not worked, surgery may be recommended. Surgery may involve repairing damaged tissue or joints, during a procedure known as arthroscopy.

Other treatments provided at the UCSF Orofacial Pain Center include:

  • Pain management therapies
  • Acupuncture
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Biofeedback

Reviewed by health care specialists at UCSF Medical Center.

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UCSF Clinics & Centers

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
707 Parnassus Ave., Suite D-1201
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 476-1316
Fax: (415) 712-0617
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