Fortunately, most of the time, the pain is treatable with simple medications and a hot/moist compress. Treatment for more complex cases involves fabrication of an orthotic - an acrylic device that is worn on the lower teeth 24 hours a day. After 4-6 months of relief from TMJ/TMD symptoms, the patient will be considered for Phase II, which may include replacing missing teeth and restoring teeth with orthodontics, crowns and veneers to preserve the optimal bite.
Denture patients with TMJ/TMD can experience pain in the jaw, headaches, ear problems and other symptoms. If your dentures are not made to the correct bite, or vertical dimension, it will most likely cause these symptoms. Simple adjustments could get rid of these symptoms, but sometimes a whole new set of dentures need to be made according to the neuromuscular principles.