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what can i do to relieve my tmj syndrome?

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Dr. James Wright
32 years experience Dentistry
See a dentist: Who is trained by a pankey or dawson or several other fine post graduate bite splint programs for tmj. Good luck.
Answered on Jan 7, 2014
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
44 years experience Dentistry
See your dentist: Start with seeing your dentist. The history and exam are imperative to help determine if you indeed haver tmj/tmd. Then they can hopefully take care of your problem or refer to someone who can.
Answered on Dec 27, 2013
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Dr. Gary Brigham
50 years experience Orthodontics
Consult a specialist: Symptoms of tmj/tmd are best addressed by a practitioner who specializes in the treatment of these disorders. These symptoms can mimic other medical problems, so a doctor who dedicates himself to the treatment of patients with your problem has the experience to properly diagnose your condition. Moreover, he/she will likely have several treatment modalities at his/her disposal to treat you.
Answered on Apr 28, 2017
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Dr. Raj Upadya
23 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
Many possibilities: Though technically not a specialty, seek advice from a practitioner who likes to treat these disorders. Complete solutions could include, though not limited to, a combination of: bite balancing, bite guards, orthodontics, restorative dentistry, surgery, pt, chiro, massage, medications, and behavior modification/stress reduction... It all depends on where the level of breakdown actually is...
Answered on Sep 29, 2016
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Dr. Howard Spector
39 years experience Orthodontics
Excellent, thorough suggestions. While this is a very complicated and "pesky" little joint, we know that the "dysfunction" is multifactorial, and treatment options may include several modalities to make the symptoms manageable.
Feb 1, 2014
Dr. Howard Schneider
33 years experience Pediatric Dentistry
TMJ dysfunction: The muscles and ligaments that cause your jaw to move are not working smoothly. If you chew gum stop. Eat softer foods next 2-3 weeks. Apply moist heat to the joint area. Stress plays a big role in triggering TMJ problems. Find activities to help reduce your stress level. A splint may help as well. See a TMJ specialist for more detailed help.
Answered on Jun 10, 2014
Dr. Arnold Malerman
52 years experience Orthodontics
Concur: In addition to dr schneider's excellent answer, bear in mind that malocclusion is causative of or contributes to the great majority of temporo-mandibular joint dysfunction and/or myo-facil pain dysfunction syndrome problems. Consultation with a qualified orthodontic specialist is in order.
Answered on Sep 29, 2016
Dr. Louis Gallia
44 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
A few things: Depends on symptoms, and cause of symptoms. 3 signs of TMJ dysfunction: joint noises, joint pain & limited oral opening. Self treat with soft diet, jaw exercises, massage, heat/cold, OTC pain meds. A splint or physical therapy would be next. Occasionally muscle relaxants, biofeedback. Xrays are done for diagnosis. Surgery usually reserved for serious symptoms not responsive to other treatments.
Answered on Mar 18, 2015
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
35 years experience Pain Management
Diagnosis is the key: Without accurate diagnosis finding out the true source of TMJ pain and symptoms, no successful treatment is expected. In some cases, the symptoms of TMJ disorders may go away without treatment. See Orofacial Pain specialist for evaluation, diagnosis and treatment if needed.
Answered on May 28, 2016

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