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How can I train myself to not keep my jaw tight to avoid tmj?

How can I train myself to not keep my jaw tight to avoid tmj?

NSAIDS & Splints: Many times anti-inflammatory's and mouth splints can help "train" your jaw to minimize effects of tmj. Regular visits to the dentist is important to maintain the optimal TMJ health. ...Read more

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Tightness (Definition)

Tightness can mean different states at distinctive times. The most common is the complaint of tightness of chest, a feeling of discomfort, real or perceived, seen often in patients with asthma or panic disorder, or heart attack. Your physician ...Read more


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Does TMJ always cause pain? I have tightness on right jaw and wondering if that's what i have. No pain just overall discomfort feeling.

Does TMJ always cause pain?  I have tightness on right jaw and wondering if that's what i have. No pain just overall discomfort feeling.

Not always pain.: TMJ rpblems can occur without pain. Sometimes just joint noises. Sometimes only limited oral opening.Or tightness or discomfort as you are experiencing. ...Read more

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Jaw tightness, but not diagnosed as tmj. What else could it be?

Jaw tightness, but not diagnosed as tmj. What else could it be?

Bruxism: Clenching or grinding can cause muscle hypertrophy and tightness in the musculature of the tmj. So can xs gum chewing. There are other systemic conditions that also can cause this sensation as well as medicines that cause muscles to cramp. Get a dental evaluation. ...Read more

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Can a biteguard for TMJ make it worse. Since i've had mine i've developed tightness and spasms in jaw.

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

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My jaw tenses up and won't release on one side . It doesn't lock up its just really tight. Could I have TMJ without the clicking ?

My jaw tenses up and won't release on one side . It doesn't lock up its just really tight.  Could I have TMJ without the clicking ?

Yes: Some joint displacement and pterygoid hypertrophy (jaw tightness) are usually the result of chronic nocturnal (nighttime) clenching. These nighttime events create tremendous muscle force and activity that can be at play. Find a dentist trained in treating jaw tension with a nti devise. ...Read more

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I have jaw pain / TMJ, but have tightness and sometimes pain that radiates to my cheeks and Chin. Why does it radiate to these other areas?

I have jaw pain / TMJ, but have tightness and sometimes pain that radiates to my cheeks and Chin.  Why does it radiate to these other areas?

Referred pain: TMJ disorder is a dysfunction that causes pain throughout the face. Trigger points can refer pain to other areas, causing a headache, neck pain, earache, or even toothache. ...Read more

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Suffering from TMJ for over 1yr. No jaw spint just pt. Ear stuffiness improved but left with terrible tightness in front of ear. Will it go in time?

Suffering from TMJ for over 1yr. No jaw spint just  pt. Ear stuffiness  improved but left with terrible tightness in front of ear. Will it go in time?

Treat the cause: Pt won't do much for relieving the symptoms of tmj\tmd. What is most important is to remove or minimize the cause of the problem. This may be an occlusal (bite) problem, misalignment of the jaw from an habitual bite, bruxism, stress, etc. Why is a splint not being used? One cannot control bruxism, if you have it, while you sleep. Have you been evaluated by a dentist with extensive training and. ...Read more

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Can TMJ and tight jaw muscles cause muffled ears - how?

Maybe: Tmj and muscle pain can cause pain around the ears as well because of the close proximity of the ear and the jaw joint. Your dentist or ENT can evaluate you and your symptoms and find out which one is the main problem and where to start treatment. ...Read more

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I have had jaw pain/TMJ for 4 months now. I eat a mostly soft foods diet, but why, when I turn my heart sharply I get tightness in my cheeks and chin?

I have had jaw pain/TMJ for 4 months now. I eat a mostly soft foods diet, but why, when I turn my heart sharply I get tightness in my cheeks and chin?

See dentist first: Who evaluated your pain? A general dentist, oral surgeon, neurologist or primary care MD? If no consults were done, start with the dentist. Is there a history of trauma to the area? There are many variables to be addressed, see a doctor of your choice ASAP. ...Read more

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