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How do you deal with TMJ (temporomandibular disorders) if stressed?

17 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Bates
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
12 doctors agree

In brief: Deal with stress!

Tmj problems are often made worse by stress.
The answer is to deal with the underlying stressful problem. Everyone has stress, and different people deal with stress in different ways. Some people internalize it, and express it by grinding their teeth (bruxism). This makes TMJ problem worse. Usually, simply being aware of it will help you stop doing it. Otherwise, see a specialist for evaluation.

In brief: Deal with stress!

Tmj problems are often made worse by stress.
The answer is to deal with the underlying stressful problem. Everyone has stress, and different people deal with stress in different ways. Some people internalize it, and express it by grinding their teeth (bruxism). This makes TMJ problem worse. Usually, simply being aware of it will help you stop doing it. Otherwise, see a specialist for evaluation.
Dr. James Bates
Dr. James Bates
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Dr. Maurice Lindly
Dentistry
2 doctors agree

In brief: SEE your dentist.

Your dentist can make a anti-bruxism appliance or "night guard" which helps many patients.
When you are stressed you tend to clench or grind your teeth, or both, which is harmful to the tmj. This appliance will relieve pressure on the joints and you will feel noticeable relief. Many chiropractors can do adjustments that can relieve your symptoms.

In brief: SEE your dentist.

Your dentist can make a anti-bruxism appliance or "night guard" which helps many patients.
When you are stressed you tend to clench or grind your teeth, or both, which is harmful to the tmj. This appliance will relieve pressure on the joints and you will feel noticeable relief. Many chiropractors can do adjustments that can relieve your symptoms.
Dr. Maurice Lindly
Dr. Maurice Lindly
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Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management

In brief: Pain Psychologist

Behavioral techniques like postural training, cognitive behavioral therapy biofeedback and proprioceptive retraining.
Pain psychologist is always a member of the Orofacial Pain team. See Orofacial Pain specialist for consultation and conservative treatment.

In brief: Pain Psychologist

Behavioral techniques like postural training, cognitive behavioral therapy biofeedback and proprioceptive retraining.
Pain psychologist is always a member of the Orofacial Pain team. See Orofacial Pain specialist for consultation and conservative treatment.
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin
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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial

In brief: Learn about TMJ

Learn everything you can about TMJ to help you manage it.
Knowledge is power! TMD, TMJ, Complex. TMD mostly managed by dental TMJ specialists. TMJ experts are most commonly, oral surgeons,

In brief: Learn about TMJ

Learn everything you can about TMJ to help you manage it.
Knowledge is power! TMD, TMJ, Complex. TMD mostly managed by dental TMJ specialists. TMJ experts are most commonly, oral surgeons,
Dr. Louis Gallia
Dr. Louis Gallia
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Dr. Brent Mcfarland
Dentistry - Orthodontics

In brief: MANY MODALITIES

Multiple treatment forms ranging from stress relief treatment to splint treatment.

In brief: MANY MODALITIES

Multiple treatment forms ranging from stress relief treatment to splint treatment.
Dr. Brent Mcfarland
Dr. Brent Mcfarland
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In brief: Depends

The stress needs to be under control first.
True, if the tmj/tmd is leading to your stress, then you should see a dentist/tmj specialist first. It can be a double edged sword in that one can cause the other. Best if can deal with both at the same time...Stress management, etc. Combination of physical and emotional therapy may be needed.

In brief: Depends

The stress needs to be under control first.
True, if the tmj/tmd is leading to your stress, then you should see a dentist/tmj specialist first. It can be a double edged sword in that one can cause the other. Best if can deal with both at the same time...Stress management, etc. Combination of physical and emotional therapy may be needed.
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
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