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Do tens machines work particularly well for tmj?

Do tens machines work particularly well for tmj?

No: Tens units "confuse" the brain in the perception of pain signals. Tens may or may not be helpful for many pain conditions but not for any particular painful condition. ...Read more

Dr. Colin Sanner
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Tens (Definition)

Is an acronym standing for transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation. We've found that by over-stimulating certain nerves, it "short circuits" the ...Read more


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Does anyone have any experience with a t.E.N.S. Machine for tmj?

Does anyone have any experience with a t.E.N.S. Machine for tmj?

Limited: As a surgeon, I don't use tens units for TMJ treatment. Those with the greatest experience would be dentists who specialize in management of TMJ problems. ...Read more

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Is chewing gum good or bad for tmj? I would think good because it works the muscles in jaw

Is chewing gum good or bad for tmj? I would think good because it works the muscles in jaw

Usually Not: Recommended. Chewing gum can make many kinds of TMJ worse. Try to avoid it. Especially avoid chewing a large wad of gum for a long time.

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I had botox for TMJ spasm two weeks go. Lot of improvement. But will its effects continue gradually or is this as good as it might get?

I had botox for TMJ spasm two weeks go. Lot of improvement. But will its effects continue gradually or is this as good as it might get?

Probably maximum: At 3 weeks, you're probably at maximum improvement. You may need regular injections every 3-4 months. Occassionally, the need for the injections decreases over time, likely because the underlying disorder has become quiescent. ...Read more

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What works against tmj?

Find a good dentist: Locate a dentist with special training in cranio-mandibular disorders. Most average dentists do not know how to diagnose and treat this problem comprehensively.
A trained professional can generally help you improve the symptoms in a short time, without surgery or disfigurement. ...Read more

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Tmj disorder - are there any what are good home remediesto curing this?

Tmj disorder - are there any what are good home remediesto curing this?

A few ideas: 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. ...Read more

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Dx'd tmj. If this is causing problems in my daily life and work, is fixing it covered under medical in bc?

Dx'd tmj. If this is causing problems in my daily life and work, is fixing it covered under medical in bc?

Check your policy: Bluecross has many different policies... Not all are the same. Some may cover the procedures, some may not. You will need to check with your carrier. ...Read more

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Braces for an openbite and tmj, would this work?

Braces for an openbite and tmj, would this work?

Not recommended: There is an absence of evidence that orthodontic treatment can treat or prevent temporomandibular disorders and open bite is not exception. There are no data regarding the effectiveness of orthodontic treatment for TMJ. ...Read more

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Will correcting my underbite relieve my TMJ pain? I am in my 20s and have an underbite that may be the cause of my tmj. Will treatment fix the TMJ as well? .

Will correcting my underbite relieve my TMJ pain? I am in my 20s and have an underbite that may be the cause of my tmj. Will treatment fix the TMJ as well? .

Yes to some degree: You have multiple things going as I read this. The underbite has many detrimental factors associated with it through out your life. I would seek an orthodontic professional that could examine you and base his treatment recommendations on qualified information. This initial exam is usually at no cost. See someone soon! ...Read more

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What is good self-treatment for tmj?

Common sense!: Tmj problems often respond to simple conservative treatment. This includes a soft, non-chewing diet consisting of things like mashed potatoes or grits, and avoiding gum chewing. Also, many patients respond well to over the counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, like Ibuprofen or Naproxen (aleve). Another mainstay of treatment is moist heat applied to the joint. ...Read more

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I need help from a TMJ surgery had TMJ surgery in 2000 been in pain since cannot eat work or sit up in pain all the time stay in bed all day could someone please help me.

I need help from a TMJ surgery had TMJ surgery in 2000 been in pain since cannot eat work or sit up in pain all the time stay in bed all day could someone please help me.

Need evaluation.: You have to see a very experienced TMJ surgeon - oral surgeon. A variety of non-surgical and surgical treatments will usually help. ...Read more

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Can TMJ cause your neck and facial muscles to swell, as well as causing sinusitis like symptoms?

Can TMJ cause your neck and facial muscles to swell, as well as causing sinusitis like symptoms?

No and yes: Although one may gets muscle spasm, TMD does not cause observable swelling. TMD can also cause headaches which may be mistaken for a sinus headache. ...Read more

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I've had sharp pains in the front of my neck, sides, and underneath my jaw. Stiffness of these parts as well. Could this be connected to my tmj?

Yes: Yes. Common TMD symptoms. See a TMJ expert. Any dentist can be a TMJ expert with the proper training and experience. Most commonly, oral surgeons, prosthodontists, and orofacial pain specialists. Ask your MD, your dentist and your dental society for referrals. ...Read more

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Can having TMJ for 10 years cause head pains that worsen when you turn your head and when you press on spots on scalp? As well as facial pain?

Yes "Trigger points": The jaw joint (temporomandibular joint / tmj) consists of two bones braced by muscles in a rotating and sliding hinge relationship. Pain in the muscles that support this joint, the teeth, or the joint itself, as well as referred pain can all occur. Myofascial trigger point pain is treated by a health team consisting of possibly a chiropractor, pt, and a dentist trained in orofacial pain therapy. ...Read more

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Dentist says child has TMJ secondary to jra does that mean she has arthrtits in her jaw as well? Who treats TMJ in a young child?

Dentist says child has TMJ secondary to jra does that mean she has arthrtits in her jaw as well? Who treats TMJ in a young child?

Rheumatologist: Is TMJ pain the only problem? If it is then there are other diagnostic considerations. See a pediatric rheumatologist. ...Read more

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Have TMJ bad- taking anti-inflammatories. Still in pain- using heating pad. Pain in ear as well-- any suggestions to reduce pain? Am on soft diet.

Good start.: You've done all the right things and since the pain is persisting you need to see a dentist or oral surgeon. Some of the next steps could include x-rays and/or special scan to the joint, prescibing muscle relaxants and maybe an occlusal splint. There are many causes for joint pain that must be determined before selecting the next step in your treatment. ...Read more

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I have arthritis in my jaw as well as tmj. I already have a night guard from all the grinding. Would you recommend a splint? I have been suffering.

I have arthritis in my jaw as well as tmj. I already have a night guard from all the grinding. Would you recommend a splint? I have been suffering.

TMJoint: I highly recommend that you research a dentist in your area that has extensive training ; experience in treating patients with tmd\tmj ; gets referrals from other dentists in the area for severe cases. They are few ; far between. Most dentists merely make night guards with little knowledge of cause. This requires comprehensive evaluation ; multiple treatment modalities. Try: https://www. Aacfp. Org/. ...Read more

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Ok well can TMJ cause problems like the temple artery to get thick/tough & bring on temple ha's my eyes have lil pain in them with all of this scared?

Ok well can TMJ cause problems like the temple artery to get thick/tough & bring on temple ha's my eyes have lil pain in them with all of this scared?

Most likely stress.: Most likely your pain is from bruxism (clenching or grinding your teeth). The amount of bruxing is directly proportional to the amount of stress you are under. "tmj" has become a catchall for all jaw pain. It actually refers to pain in the joint. Most other pain is due to muscle, teeth or nerves. There is a fine balance among all areas. You should see your dentist to determine the source. ...Read more

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Could neck pain/back issues, TMJ issues, or slightly high bp, cause ache in forehead, above eyebrows? (I have anxiety, as well)

Could neck pain/back issues, TMJ issues, or slightly high bp, cause ache in forehead, above eyebrows? (I have anxiety, as well)

Yes: You have several issues that can be aggravated by stress and related anxiety. There are several causes for the pain that you are experiencing including muscle tension and fatigue. The inflammation can lead to many issues and pain. You need to get your anxiety under control. See physician ...Read more

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Noise when I talk or swallow -like snapping or ticking from muscles in the vicinity of my ears. It hurts as well. Eustachian tubes are fine I was tested, no TMJ pain when chew/yawn.

Noise when I talk or swallow -like snapping or ticking from muscles in the vicinity of my ears. It hurts as well. Eustachian tubes are fine I was tested, no TMJ pain when chew/yawn.

Noise when swallowin: The noise you are hearing may be due to a slight dislocation of the disc in the tmj. The absence of pain is good and this may not become a problem. I would still recommend that you see a dentist that treats tmd to properly diagnosis the problem and determine if the disc location will be a problem in the future. ...Read more

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Noise when I talk or swallow -like snapping or ticking from muscles in the vicinity of my ears. It hurts as well. Eustachian tubes are fine I was tested, no TMJ pain when chew/yawn.

Its OK.: Crepitus refers to joint noises, such as popping and cracking in the joints as tmj. It can be quite disturbing & cause concern, particularly if it shows up suddenly. In most cases, these noises are not indicative of any underlying problem. Most joint crepitus, cracking and popping usually has a 'bark that is worse than its bite.' there is likely no concern. If any pain arises see a prosthodontist. ...Read more

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Probably have TMJ in jaw. Medications doesn't work. What's the other choice for treatment?

Probably have TMJ in jaw. Medications doesn't work. What's the other choice for treatment?

TMJ disorder: Temporo-mandibular disorder is the second most frequent cause of orofacial pain after dental pain. Earache, neck clicking and popping, headache and jaw pain are common symptoms. The medication used alone cannot provide adequate help. See an orofacial pain practitioner for a consultation and management of the TMJ. ...Read more

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Is tinnitus caused by TMJ permanent? Is exercise of back and neck a good home remedy for tmj?

No: Get both your ear and TMJ checked for unresolved infection. Get your TMJ checked for joint loading. Sometimes both issues are at play causing the ear ringing. ...Read more

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Doc said my muffled noise in ears is TMJ. No fluid not sick n ears looks good. 3 days now. Is this right?

Doc said my muffled noise in ears is TMJ. No fluid not sick n ears looks good. 3 days now. Is this right?

Yes, TMJ syndrome: The ear exam is usually normal as is the hearing. The most common symptoms include: ear pain, muffled noise and fullness. Also jaw popping and clicking. See your dentist for evaluation and proper treatment. ...Read more

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I have TMJ so dental work on back teeth causes spasm and closure. Should I buy a rubber block? Where from? What kind?

I have TMJ so dental work on back teeth causes spasm and closure. Should I buy a rubber block? Where from? What kind?

Should not need to: A rubber bite block should be a standard assessory in any dental office. Be sure to express your concerns to the dentist/hygienist prior to treatment/cleanings. The dentist should look into your symptoms, though, because the spasms are not normal. ...Read more

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Have tmj. Sometimes after keeping jaw still for long periods of time tension builds and can release if I pop the jaw. Good to do or makes it worse?

See TMJ specialist: If you ignore these signs of TMJ disorder, the condition discomfort and range of motion only worsens. See TMJ specialist for diagnosis and treatment if needed. ...Read more

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Is oxycodone good for treating TMJ pain? Got prescription wondering if it will help I'm at witt's end!

No: No. Will relieve the pain. But narcotics NOT GOOD for TMJ pain. Can be habituating. Stay away from narcotics for TMD!! ...Read more

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My migraines are Getting out of control. I have tried every non narcotic there is and nothing works. I take topamax (topiramate). And been treated for TMJ?

My migraines are Getting out of control. I have tried every non narcotic there is and nothing works. I take topamax (topiramate). And been treated for TMJ?

See pain specialist: And ask him to examine you, and about occipital nerve blocks or medial branch nerve blocks in the upper neck to see if they improve your migraines in addition to evaluation for TMJ problems. ...Read more

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Is it a good idea to get teeth braces with tmj?

Is it a good idea to get teeth braces with tmj?

TMJ: It really depends on your unique situation. What is the cause of the TMJ issue? If the TMJ issue is a result of a bad bite, then braces may help. However, you may need more than just braces. Consult with an orthodontist to learn about your options. ...Read more