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What Medications Can I Take For Tmj
NSAID's: Nsaid's such as Ibuprofen are typically the first medication to try. If low occasional doses of Ibuprofen don't do the trick, you really need to see a dentist about a bite splint (something to wear at night). I typically use an 'anterior bite plane' 24x7 for 2 weeks with a steroid for the first week. After this, the buite guard goes to nighttime use only. This does the trick in 99% of cases. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I have common colds, cough and TMJ dysfunction. there are different over-the-counter and prescription drugs that i should take, is it safe?
Drug safety: I agree with Dr Sandler. Do not self medicate. Use medications that are recommended or prescribed by your physician or dentist. TMJ dysfunction is usually caused by either chronic teeth grinding and/or clenching, or a bad bite. See your dentist for diagnosis and treatment. Medication will not cure TMJ dysfunction. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Hard to "cure": Tmj dysfunction can be rather complex. Treatment may be simple or quite involved. Tmj joints, like all other joints, are slower to heal than some other parts of the body. Tmj dysfunction may involve muscle activity levels and their "memory"--habitual pattern of movement, as well as remodeling of the joints. Upon treatment, you may become free from symptoms but TMJ condition will need be monitored. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Many: Meds are generally not the answer to treating tmj/tmd. I often see new patients in my office that are already heavily medicated with no results. I ethically do not tell them to ditch the meds, but i offer other alternatives like physical therapy, exercises and mouthpieces, which tend to treat the source of the problem, not mask it as meds often do. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is it unusual for TMJ to take two to three years to heal and go through lots of different symptoms. Is it bad to have it this long?
May not be healing: Acute tmd will often resolve if the causes for it are addressed. If the causes persist, however, it can become chronic and persistent. You will need an evaluation along with some imaging to figure out the state of your joint(s). Once chronic it may require a more aggressive intervention. Good luck! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
How long does it take for an adherence to form in the tmj? Is it possible after an arhroscopy to have again adherences formed down? Thank you
Within months : Unfortunately, adhesions in such a small joint space as the TMJ are common. I would discuss this with your omfs. Physical therapy can be of benefit, along with stabilization of the bite with either a bite splint or minor equilibration. Arthrocentesis ( a mini arthroscopy ) as an in office procedure may also help. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
TMJ - Prednisone: Tmj disorders are about tooth grinding or alterations in bite, except in uncommon circumstances such as jaw trauma from boxing or a car wreck. Anything that relieves inflammation in the joint is helpful. Prednisone is helpful for tmj, but should not be used on a regular basis, as many side effects are common with long term use of steroids. Go see your dentist, if pain persists. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
TMJ: Tmj is worsened by overworking the jaw. Avoid hard foods and hard candy. Avoid foods that require a lot of chewing. Eat softened foods e.g. Apple sauce instead of apples, nut butter instead of nuts, ground meat instead of steak, cooked vegetables instead of raw. Drink meals with smoothies etc. Instead of a solid meal like a sandwitch. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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