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Equilibration May Lessen TMD Pain

Chapter: What Equilibration Treatment Involves

In general, equilibration techniques for the relief of TMD pain and spasms are effective and predictable, and patients like the concept because treatments are painless.


In some cases, equilibration techniques may include the fabrication of a special splint that is worn to reduce stress on the jaw joint. The dentist may also recommend altering the height of canine teeth that are interfering with natural jaw movements.


Equilibration treatment can include the massaging and working of muscles to lessen the pain. Other equilibration treatment can involve physical therapy, including ultrasound, muscle relaxation techniques, a stress management program and an exercise rehabilitation program.


"Equilibration is becoming a more mainstream technique to treat TMD pain," said Dr. Butler. "Many dentists now have information on these techniques. However, it is still important for patients to talk to their dentist about their pain and have a thorough evaluation before beginning any kind of treatment program."


Updated: November 2008