As CMD is usually self-limiting, it is all about helping the patient to turn the corner as fast as possible. The most important aspects of our treatment concept are consulting, information and instructions for self-help. For some cases, bite splints, manual therapy with specialized physiotherapists and medication are appropriate. A supplementary psychological pain therapy where patients learn how to handle pain and how to relax can be included.
In a few rare cases, referrals to other experts like otolaryngologists, orthopedists, neurologists, and experts in sleep medicine can be issued because problems of all fields listed above might be involved in causing pain.
Teeth and jaw misalignments are almost never the cause which is why neither orthodontic treat-ment nor procedures like reproducing dental prostheses or surgery are advisable. For this reason, severe chronic pain should not be treated utilizing such aggressive and irreversible procedures since they mostly cause more damage than benefit.