TMJ is not just one condition, it’s a complicated constellation of conditions. Maximizing our ability to treat TMJ means having more treatment options that can help us respond flexibly and ensure that every patient gets the best treatment for them. TMJ Next Generation treats TMJ differently from other options, and may be good for people who don’t respond to other treatments. It works by irritating your ear when you jaw is in an unhealthy position, hopefully preventing you from clenching or grinding your jaw.
If you would like to learn whether TMJ Next Generation or another TMJ treatment is right for you, please call (303) 691-0307 or email the TMJ Therapy and Sleep Center of Colorado for an appointment with a Denver TMJ dentist.
Benefits of TMJ Next Generation
Why would you want to use the TMJ Next Generation device? It offer several benefits when compared to other TMJ treatments, such as:
- Easy to use
- Suitable for all-day use—doesn’t interfere with talking or eating
- Comparable effectiveness
The TMJ Next Generation is a viable alternative and can resolve TMJ symptoms for many people. Some may prefer its method of action or its use more than other treatment options.
The TMJ Next Generation device.
How TMJ Next Generation Works
The TMJ Next Generation device treats TMJ that is caused or worsened by holding your jaw in an unhealthy position. It consists of two small ear inserts. These inserts fit comfortably inside your ear when your jaw is in a healthy position. When your jaw is in an unhealthy position, though, it causes your ear canals to collapse. The TMJ Next Generation device then causes irritation of the ear, telling you that your jaw is in an unhealthy position and that you should adjust it.
The efficacy of the TMJ Next Generation has so far only been tested in one clinical trial. A population of about 150 TMJ sufferers were divided into three groups for three months of TMJ treatment. One group was treated with TMJ Next Generation, one with a bite splint, and one with jaw exercises. The TMJ Next Generation group had the best reduction in jaw pain and improvement in the health of the jaw system, as measured by the craniomandibular index (CMI). The improvement was not so much greater that the TMJ Next Generation was considered better than the bite splint, but it did show it was comparable in efficacy.
Who Shouldn’t Use TMJ Next Generation
Although the TMJ Next Generation device seems good for most TMJ sufferers, there are some people who shouldn’t use the device, such as people with:
- Active or recurring ear infections
- Ear pain unrelated to TMJ
- Ear canal anatomy unsuitable for the device
It’s also important to note that TMJ Next Generation is relatively new and untested for many types of TMJ, including those caused by rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis and jaw trauma.
But the TMJ Next Generation device remains an intriguing treatment option that might be right for you. To learn more about this alternative approach to TMJ treatment in Denver, please call (303) 691-0307 or use our online form to contact the TMJ Therapy and Sleep Center of Colorado.