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There is no known cure for TMD, therefore the management of TMD or TMJ symptoms is similar to the management of other orthopedic, rheumatologic, or musculoskeletal disorders. The goals of TMD management should include:

  • Decreasing pain
  • Reducing the load on the TMJ’s
  • Returning to normal function and daily activities of the jaw

Goals can be best achieved by identifying all contributing factors and following a well-defined management program to treat these factors. Non-surgical, conservative treatment of TMD may include:

  • Behavioral management
  • Relaxation training
  • Oral orthopedic appliance
  • Physical therapy
  • Medications

Proper treatment of TMD/TMJ and Orofacial Pain should start with evaluations & include: History

  • Jaw, head and neck symptoms
  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Personal and family
  • Psychosocial


  • TMJ’s
  • Cervical spine
  • Muscles of jaw, head and neck
  • Neurological structures
  • Teeth, gums and soft tissue

It may include:

  • Additional Testing such as X-rays, MRI and neurological testing


Understanding & Education

  • Personally made by Doctor O’Day for your mouth
  • Protection for your jaw/mouth, when you’re not in control
  • Utilized only when you are sleeping