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A 24-year-old male asked:

How to cure tmj? my symptoms are jaw ache on the right side, feeling of ulcer near tongue, difficult to chew & eat, ache near neck.

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. R Lee Hinson
Dentistry 40 years experience
Oh my ! Two issues : At once! miserable. Get your dentist to treat the ulcer with medication/prescribe topical meds. Lasers work well too. Your TMJ issue needs proper diagnosis. A good start is to locate a dentist that treats the issue ;get into a passive bite guard/splint that is balanced to your bite ; allows for proper function. Symptoms of "tmj" many times are more about muscle issues ; proper diagnosis is essenti.
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Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 56 years experience
TMJ : Please consult with a dentist who has extensive training and experience treating patients with tmd\tmjoint symptoms. The ulcer is unrelated. The ache in your neck is probably but not necessarily related to the complex events that occurs when patients suffer from tmj. A qualified dentist will know how best to handle all these issues for you. Feel better.
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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 47 years experience
A few ideas: 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.
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Last updated Mar 22, 2015

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