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Does Cold Or Heat Make Tmj Worse
Depends: If you have a recently injured tmj, ice is the first thing to try. If that isn't helpful or if the injury is more than a few days old, try heat. If that doesn't help, try alternating ice and heat. If none of these help, get it looked at to make sure it doesn't require splint therapy or surgery. After evaluation, other modalities like neuromuscular massage may be helpful. ...Read more
Of course: Soft foods, exercise and moist heat helps TMD symptoms. ...Read more
use moist heat on tmj pain or ice pack for 30 min twice a day. I hoping this is just stress. Could it just be temporary stress that is causing pain?
Perhaps: Could be. Try these things. 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
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
My ear& jaw have been hurting for a week. Thinking its TMJ otc pain med no help, what can I do. Heat help soso, but not enough what can I do?
TMJ pain: More information would certainly be needed to make a proper evaluation of the cause of the pain. I would suggest seeing your dentist as soon as possible to see what the possible causes might be ...Read more
I've been having severe jaw pain from my tmj and chipped jaw bone. I've tried Tylenol (acetaminophen) heating pad ibeprofen. Nothing has helped. What should I do?
See OFP specialist: TMJ disorders are serious medical problems related to the joint and does not go away on its own. Tylenol (acetaminophen) or NSAIDs gives temporary relief of pain but does not address the cause. The most important thing however is to have your condition diagnosed properly by a qualified professional, such as Orofacial Pain specialist. ...Read more
I had surgery on my back in Jan of this year. Since then I have had worsening pain/cold sensation in left ear with no signs of TMJ or Infection..
Ear symptoms: If there are no other signs or symptoms to suggest ear pathology, I suspect some irritability of superficial nerves in that region. The cause would be obscure but at this time I recommend simple observation as long as an otolaryngologist has evaluated you and sees no other problem. Most of these types of problems will resolve. ...Read more
TMJ/TMD: It can get worse by just functions of the jaw- eating, chewing, yawning, singing, playing a musical instrument, trauma, yelling...Get the picture? Even a slight popping over the years can slowly develop into a locking or limitation of opening or trouble closing the jaw. I would see a dentist or tmj/tmd specialist before it gets worse and becomes much harder to treat. ...Read more
Botox for TMJ: Yes it is possible. I would discuss with your TMJ doctor. ...Read more
Should I get surgery for tmj? The pain has gotten worse lately, but it’s still not usually too terrible. I’ve heard that sometimes surgery can cause worse problems than the tmj.
It depends: There are many factors to consider. Surgery for TMJ is extremely aggressive and invasive. I would exhaust other treatment options like an oral appliance to adjust jaw position or Botox injections to relive discomfort. Be certain you are seeing a prosthodontists and/or oral surgeon to explain your specific treatment options. ...Read more
TMJ symptoms: Can be multifactorial. If you clench, grind, have jaw pain, inability to open wide. ... Then it is possible that your headaches are TMJ related. In any event, if you feel it might be TMJ related, go see a dentist. A trip to the er is not the answer. Hope this helps. ...Read more
Perception or..: It may be that one is more aware of pain or one may be clenching their teeth which can cause more pain... For help I would suggest seeing a dentist who has experience diagnosing and treating the tmj. ...Read more
Unlikely but possibl: Possible, unlikely. If the TMJ has been very sensitive, any manipulation in the area could temporarily increase symptoms. ...Read more
Easy to chew: Most home made "boil and bite" mouth guards are made of a rubber material that although provides great protection againest concussions in contact sports, also causes many people to chew on them as well. A professionally made bruxism splint should be fabricated out of acrylic or some other hard material to prevent additional chewing and clenching. ...Read more
I have TMJ and the dr I went to wanted to wait and see if it got any worse. What can I do for now to manage or stop the pain?
See orofacial pain:
Specialist. They are the experts in TMJ and facial pain disorders and follow conservative, non-surgical reversible treatment. Here is the link to American Academy of Orofacial Pain:http://www. Aaop. Org/
Hope it helps.
I was recently been diagnosed with TMJ disorder. I am in pain from this up to a few times a day and seems to get worse. What can I do for relief?
Soft diet etc: 1) soft diet - no chewing for 2 weeks 2) antiinflammatory medication around the clock (motrin or alleve or advil) 3) ice, a bag of frozen peas against the jaw joint for 20 minutes four times a day 4) dental evaluation and possibly an nti occlusal device to prevent clenching and/or grinding while you sleep. ...Read more
I've had TMJ for a few years and it's annoying but it's never been painful. Will it get worse over time without treatment?
Possibly: It's difficult to predict if years of wear and tear will ever worsen a specific situation. Common sense says that it will. See an oral surgeon for a complete workup. ...Read more
Can a biteguard for TMJ make it worse. Since I've had mine I've developed tightness and spasms in jaw.
Yes: There are many types of mouth appliances that accomplish very different purposes, some the exact opposite of others. An inexpensive otc appliance is sometimes useful as a diagnostic tool to determine the best course of treatment for tmd but often a different appliance is necessary to address the symptoms. See your dentist and report your observations. ...Read more
Prev diagnosis TMJ now with grinding and jaw spasm-worse daytime. I am working on an appointment-pain is horrible. Suggestion for OTC mouthguard?
Ineffective: And can even exacerbate the problem. Take OTC analgesics as per package instructions. Warm compresses may be soothing. See Dentist ASAP. Orthodontic and/or Oral Surgical consultations may be advisable to determine cause of your dysfunction, and therefore the appropriate treatment. ...Read more
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