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A 32-year-old female asked:

how long does can a tmj flare up last? im using ice pack, nsaid, i have dental appt set up. what else can help? if a dentist or oral and maxillofacial surgery doctor could answer this question i would be especially grateful. thank you?

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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
TMJ flare up: Can last days to months. Best to rest the joint. Cold compresses 1st 24 hours, then warm compresses. Nothing hard/sticky/chewy. Soft high protein diet such as protein based soups, eggs, hamburger, dairy, seafood, etc. Have an Orthodontist evaluate for Occlusion. Have an Oral Surgeon image and evaluate your joints' anatomies. You may benefit from occlusal orthotic and/or exercises.
Dr. Binod Verma
Dentistry 39 years experience
Keep the appointment: In the mean time avoid eating hard food and avoid opening your mouth wide . Just keep alternate hot and cold pad over the both sides of Jaw at least few times a day till you see your Dentist

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