A 33-year-old member asked:
what should be done for temporomandibular joint syndrome (tmj) without pain?
4 doctor answers
Dr. TED FEDER answered
39 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Early Stages: Before pain develops, understanding tmd helps. Do you grind at night? Prior trauma? Bad bite? Take care of the causes first. Parafunctional habits such as grinding, chewing gum, biting ice/nails, clenching should be avoided. Stick to a diet with minimum chewing- let your knife and fork do most the work! a night guard is often very helpfu.
Answered on Dec 9, 2015
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman answered
44 years experience Dentistry
Depends: If you have no pain, you may be on the borderline of the pain starting. You may still have a displaced disc and other issues that need to be addressed- grinding, clenching, headaches, etc. Do you wear a mouthpiece? If you have not seen a dentist or specialist, you should do so to avoid potential pain.
Answered on Mar 21, 2015
Dr. Howard Spector answered
39 years experience Orthodontics
TMJ Symptoms: Pain is a telltale sign that something "is wrong" in the tmj. It is best to diagnose and palliatively treat any symptoms that might manifest themselves prior to pain. A thorough evaluation by a dds or omfs with expertise in this area is a best place to start. In the meantime, limitation of opening/closing, massage, warm moist heat, anti-inflammatory meds., and good posture will be helpful.
Answered on Apr 12, 2015
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