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A 27-year-old female asked:

dentist suggested warm compresses & ibuprofen to treat a very tight, painfully clenched jaw, but they are not helping. any other ways to fix it?

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Dr. Justin Nelson
Pediatric Dentistry 16 years experience
Splint therapy: I still like the idea of the compress/IBU treatment. I would advise min of 600mg (max 800mg) every 6hrs for 24hrs. If this still continues or does not resolve on its own I would look at deeper causes and think about splint therapy to help deprogram things. This is usually done via a dentist with TMJ experience or an orthodontist.

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Last updated Mar 22, 2016

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