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What Precautions Do I Need To Take When Eating With Tmj
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
Can tmj go away on it's own without having to go to the doctor? And what precautions should i do or be aware of?
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
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
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
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
You mean TMD?: Temporal mandibular joint dysfunction is often a life long condition that may or may not be progressive depending on factors unique to the individual. If you feel you have this condition, it is best to see a dentist who can diagnose and treat your symptoms. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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