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Relief of temporomandibular joint dysfunction?
4 doctors weighed in

Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Need diagnosis
You need a diagnosis by a dentist or oral surgeon.
But the relief of pain, which is the most common symptom, often responds to heat and analgesics such as tylenol, (acetaminophen) alleve, ibuprofen, etc. But, because this problem represents several different disorders of the dental apparatus, you need a specific diagnosis so that specific and appropriate treatment can be administered.

In brief: Need diagnosis
You need a diagnosis by a dentist or oral surgeon.
But the relief of pain, which is the most common symptom, often responds to heat and analgesics such as tylenol, (acetaminophen) alleve, ibuprofen, etc. But, because this problem represents several different disorders of the dental apparatus, you need a specific diagnosis so that specific and appropriate treatment can be administered.
Dr. Bernstein Joel
Dr. Bernstein Joel
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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
In brief: A few things
Depends on symptoms, and cause of symptoms.
3 signs of TMJ dysfunction: joint noises, joint pain & limited oral opening. 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.

In brief: A few things
Depends on symptoms, and cause of symptoms.
3 signs of TMJ dysfunction: joint noises, joint pain & limited oral opening. 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.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Dr. Louis Gallia
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Dr. Gary Lederman
Dentistry
In brief: Palliative care
Try moist heat, anti inflammatory meds, rest, limit opening, try not to yawn, eat soft foods, get massages.
Do not chew gum or other chewy, hard foods. Also, consider seeking professional care.

In brief: Palliative care
Try moist heat, anti inflammatory meds, rest, limit opening, try not to yawn, eat soft foods, get massages.
Do not chew gum or other chewy, hard foods. Also, consider seeking professional care.
Dr. Gary Lederman
Dr. Gary Lederman
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