I want you to be free from pain! Treatment is NOT necessarily surgical.
I offer professional help for TMD
Whatever the type of treatment, this will be organized to be appropriate to you and it can be as simple as medication.
- I recommend that you first see and be correctly diagnosed by a registered specialist. *
- Formal physiotherapy and acupuncture. The use of muscle relaxing drugs, and/or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication
- A bite-raising appliance is often a very good method of reducing symptoms. This fits over the teeth and prevents grinding and/or clenching – often at night. Because of the anatomy of the joint, this type of appliance alters the functional relationship of the joint elements and hence helps in symptomatic relief. Its precise cause of action is not well understood
- Surgical intervention from Arthroscopy to Open joint surgery including joint replacement. Please note that most patients do not need surgery.
*Check the Dental council or Medical council web sites, as there are a considerable number of people currently claiming to be TMJ specialists and they certainly appear to be legitimate and very plausible, but in reality are little more than self-proclaimed experts. Dr. Paul Smedley is a member of the Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons and a member of the Australian & New Zealand Society of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons.