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temporomandibular joint syndrome (tmj) help needed. dont want to take pills. wear splint?

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Dr. Daniel Quon
41 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Depends: Tmj dysfunction may include a number of symptoms. Treatement of your TMJ problem should begin with an evaluation by your dentist or surgeon with a detailed history of the symptoms, clinical examination and the appropriate diagnostic studies to properly diagnose your problem. The type of treatment recommended will be dependent upon the results of your examination and studies.
Answered on Jun 10, 2014
Dr. Daniel Sampson
25 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Yes: Splint therapy is actually the first line of treatment for internal derangements of the tmj. However, you need a good physical exam first to make sure nothing else is wrong in the joint. Then a custom made appliance fabricated by an experienced dentist is needed.
Answered on Aug 27, 2013
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Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
44 years experience Dentistry
Necessary: Splint therapy (an oral mouthpiece to help with tmj/tmd) is usually a necessary adjunct to tmj/tmd treatment. It is an excellent part of the treatment, but usually not the only part. Exercises, therapy, and other modalities may be needed in addition to the splint.
Answered on Dec 9, 2013
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Dr. Gary Brigham
50 years experience Orthodontics
Very likely: An oral orthotic(splint) is usually the first non-invasive treatment of choice as it reduces adverse loads on the joints. However, these appliances must be adjusted and balanced over time. It would be prudent to seek a consultation with a TMJ specialist for a definitive diagnosis and treatment plan that best suits your needs.
Answered on Jun 10, 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. Tarek Hamid
8 years experience Dentistry
Many options: When it comes to TMJ problems, according to the severity of the case, treatment can vary from..Night guards, splints, heat and or steroids therapy..
Answered on Mar 15, 2015
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
35 years experience Pain Management
TMJ syndrome: Temporo-mandibular disorder is the second most frequent cause of orofacial pain. Earache, tight facial muscles, clicking and popping, headache and jaw pain are common symptoms. See an orofacial pain practitioner for a consultation and management of the TMJ syndrome. The simple treatment is all that is usually needed.
Answered on Nov 7, 2014
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

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