Holistic dentistry claims their methods focus on reducing muscle spasm, swelling, and re-establishing or restoring the optimal relationship between teeth, muscles and joints.
The implication of this claim is that conventional dentistry doesn’t advocate for this kind of treatment for TMJ. But it does. Surgery is only used in very extreme cases, once all other avenues have been exhausted or the condition is determined to be one that won’t respond to traditional, non-invasive measures.
I won’t go so far as to say “holistic dentistry” is a crock. But in my experience the treatments they advocate for are used by conventional dentists—if your conventional dentist doesn’t use them it’s time to perhaps find someone else—and the treatments are not exclusive to those who claim to be holistic dentists.
Before engaging in any treatment, research it yourself, make sure you know what your dentist is doing—or should be doing—know your alternatives and make sure you discuss those with your dentist. In the end, you, the patient, have the right to say no to certain treatments even if your dentist advocates it. While I don’t recommend that patients always go against their dentist’s recommendations, my point is that you need to be aware of what’s going on in your mouth. If your dentist won’t discuss it, find someone who will. Make sure you’re confident that your dentist knows what they’re doing.
Be an educated patient.
Sources: www.thenaturalguide.com, www.holisticdentalnetwork.com