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What is the best way to cure temporomandibular joint disorder TMJ or tmd?
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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
8 doctors agree
In brief: Treatment
Tmj/tmd can be caused by stress and clenching or grinding of teeth.
Sometimes tmd can occur without clinching or grinding. For "treatment" otc nsaids are good for a short amount of time as well as prescription steroids. If symptoms persist, you should be seen by on oral surgeon who specialized in tmd. A fitted mouth guard may be what you need.

In brief: Treatment
Tmj/tmd can be caused by stress and clenching or grinding of teeth.
Sometimes tmd can occur without clinching or grinding. For "treatment" otc nsaids are good for a short amount of time as well as prescription steroids. If symptoms persist, you should be seen by on oral surgeon who specialized in tmd. A fitted mouth guard may be what you need.
Dr. Patrick Melder
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Dr. James Donley
Dentistry
2 doctors agree
In brief: Varies with person
The way to cure tmd depends on the cause.
Temporary help which may "cure" is to use an anti-inflammatory like Ibuprofen and icing along with a soft diet. The use of a healing laser can speed up the process. Stress may need stress management. An nti may be used. A bad bite needs correction which could include among other things bite adjustment, crowns, bridges, implants and braces.

In brief: Varies with person
The way to cure tmd depends on the cause.
Temporary help which may "cure" is to use an anti-inflammatory like Ibuprofen and icing along with a soft diet. The use of a healing laser can speed up the process. Stress may need stress management. An nti may be used. A bad bite needs correction which could include among other things bite adjustment, crowns, bridges, implants and braces.
Dr. James Donley
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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
1 doctor agrees
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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1 doctor agrees
In brief: No cure
Tmd/tmj syndrome can never really be cured, just maintained.
Depending upon the cause, duration and severity, the symptoms may dictate what needs to be done treatment wise. Symptoms often recycle and come back, but knowledge of what to do and not to do is key.

In brief: No cure
Tmd/tmj syndrome can never really be cured, just maintained.
Depending upon the cause, duration and severity, the symptoms may dictate what needs to be done treatment wise. Symptoms often recycle and come back, but knowledge of what to do and not to do is key.
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
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1 doctor agrees
In brief: Get a diagnosis
Many times tmd is self limiting and goes away on its own.
If it does persist, see a dentist who can diagnose what is wrong. Tmd is not a diagnosis but a group of problems related to the jaw joint. Once a person has a diagnosis appropriate treatment can be discussed. Rarely does treatment involve extensive dental care or surgery.

In brief: Get a diagnosis
Many times tmd is self limiting and goes away on its own.
If it does persist, see a dentist who can diagnose what is wrong. Tmd is not a diagnosis but a group of problems related to the jaw joint. Once a person has a diagnosis appropriate treatment can be discussed. Rarely does treatment involve extensive dental care or surgery.
Dr. John Van der Werff
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Dr. Daniel Wolter
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Professional Help
Common sense would suggest that you don't chew hard foods, massage the area, try hot/cold compresses, and take an anti-inflammatory medication, like ibuprofen.
To figure out why you've got a problem, to make it better long-term, and to prevent bigger problems, you need to see a dentist. You may also need a team, including a physical therapist, massage therapist, chiropractor, etc. You need help.

In brief: Professional Help
Common sense would suggest that you don't chew hard foods, massage the area, try hot/cold compresses, and take an anti-inflammatory medication, like ibuprofen.
To figure out why you've got a problem, to make it better long-term, and to prevent bigger problems, you need to see a dentist. You may also need a team, including a physical therapist, massage therapist, chiropractor, etc. You need help.
Dr. Daniel Wolter
Dr. Daniel Wolter
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