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Phase Two Treatment for TMJ Dysfunction – Ann Arbor, MI

Stop Your Jaw Pain with Personalized Solutions

If you suffer from a disorder of the temporomandibular joint, there are many nonsurgical and noninvasive solutions to stop your pain. Phase 1 TMJ therapy in Ann Arbor uses an oral appliance to reposition the jaw in a more comfortable resting position. It also incorporates changes to your home life, such as using stress-relieving exercises. Often, this is all that is needed to improve your TMJ disorder symptoms. Unfortunately, if you are among the unlucky few who do not see a significant improvement, you may need Phase 2 treatment for TMJ dysfunction in Ann Arbor, MI. Dr. Olsen evaluates your symptoms and addresses your concerns to help choose the best treatment to meet your needs.

Phase 2 Treatment Options

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Phase 2 treatment is recommended for patients who did not achieve the results they wanted using conservative therapies. As a result, more permanent changes may be needed to give you the relief you need from your jaw pain. Depending on your individual needs, you may benefit from:

Occlusal Equilibration

This minimally invasive treatment removes a small amount of enamel to change how your top and bottom teeth meet. The minor changes permanently alter your bite to take the strain off your jaw joints.


If your teeth are healthy, you may be a candidate for braces. Orthodontics moves your teeth to improve their alignment and your bite to allow your jaw to rest in a more comfortable position.


If your bite has changed from broken or damaged teeth, placing dental crowns over them can restore your oral health and treat your TMJ disorder.

Jaw Surgery

Severe cases of a TMJ disorder may require jaw surgery. This is only recommended as a last resort. The surgery may involve cutting sections of bone to place them in a different position. Often, orthodontics is needed prior to surgery to ensure the best results. Generally, less than 6% of TMJ disorder patients require surgery.

Stop Your Jaw Pain Today!

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Your dentist in Ann Arbor, Dr. Olsen is specially trained in neuromuscular dentistry to create personalized solutions to treat TMJ disorders. He combines his qualifications and experience with advanced technology to determine the best course of action to stop your pain and improve your quality of life.

If less invasive solutions did not give you the relief you need, it may be time to consider Phase 2 treatment. Contact our dental office today to schedule your consultation for TMJ therapy.