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There are many ways you can help children and their families get the care they need.
At Boston Children's, we consider you and your child integral parts of the care team. You and your care team—which can include pediatric dentists, otolaryngologists (ear, nose and throat doctors) and oral surgeons—will work together to customize a plan of care for your child.
What makes Boston Children's different?
Physicians and researchers in Children's Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Program combine a tradition of surgical excellence with innovative research. Our multidisciplinary team works in conjunction with dentists and physical therapists to treat children with TMD.
How is TMD treated?
There is a range of options for how your child's doctor may choose to treat his TMD based on how severe his symptoms are. For many children, self care will be enough to manage TMD; for others, physical therapy, dental treatments and joint surgery may be needed.
Many minor TMJ problems can often be cared for at home with no other treatment needed. Here are some tips that may reduce the discomfort from TMD:
Your child's surgeon may prescribe anti-inflammatory medications and/or muscle relaxants to help alleviate jaw pain and encourage easier jaw movement.
If home care isn't enough, a physical therapist can help your child with stretching and strengthening,. There are a variety of possible treatments, including:
Dental treatment/splint therapy
If your child is clenching or grinding his or her teeth, his doctor may suggest that a dentist make a night guard or splint to protect your child's teeth and jaw.
If your child needs surgery, physicians in our Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Program can help her get better, faster. Here are the different kinds of surgery used to treat severe TMD:
On our For Patients and Families site, you can read all you need to know about:
We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”