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Moldova
A 24-year-old female asked:

how can be tmj arthritis treated?

5 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Stern
Dentistry 49 years experience
Soft diet advil (ibuprofen) prn: Need diagnosis by a dentist trained in craniofacial pain. Could be needing a mouth appliance, physical therapy, stress management............Not a quick fix likely.
Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Like arthritis: It's treated prety much like any other arthritis. First, rest and medication like ibuprofen. For advanced disease, surgery may be necessary.
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dentistry 45 years experience
Same: The arthritic joint should be treated as an arthritis like any other part of the body. But, if there is degeneration of the joint/joints, then a realignment of the joints with a mouthpiece or therapy may be necessary to hopefully prevent additional breakdown.
Dr. Nelly Cohen
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Antiinflammatory med: Anti inflammatory meds such as Motrin or Naproxen along with warm compress usually help. See your dentist for consultation.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
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.

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Singapore
A 16-year-old female asked:

Can tmj arthritis cause headaches and how often can it get? Will if worsen if treatment is not taken?

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Dr. Natalie Hodge
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Certainly: This is definitely possible. An assessment of your jaw mechanics is necessary. Popping, clicking or grating sound when opening your mouth is a sign. Trouble opening the mouth all the way, or locking of the jaw is a symptom. Overall headache management includes rising and sleeping the same time every day, drinking lots of water and minimizing caffeine.

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