6 doctors weighed in:

Can you recommend a method to reduce TMJ symptoms and/or preventing future degeneration of the joint?

6 doctors weighed in
2 doctors agree

In brief: See dentist

For a list of dentists with extra training in TMJ diagnosis and treatment, see www.
Aaop.Org and www.Aacfp.Org.

In brief: See dentist

For a list of dentists with extra training in TMJ diagnosis and treatment, see www.
Aaop.Org and www.Aacfp.Org.
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dr. John Van der Werff
Thank
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Talk to your dentist

Often your dentist can help you.
If not your dentist can suggest someone in your area that could help. While some find a night splint helpful (bite block), they can be expensive and need to fit correctly. Therapies and other devices have also been used. In tough cases surgery has been used (by oromaxillofacial surgeon). This is a tough problem, and seeing your dentist or a specialist is best.

In brief: Talk to your dentist

Often your dentist can help you.
If not your dentist can suggest someone in your area that could help. While some find a night splint helpful (bite block), they can be expensive and need to fit correctly. Therapies and other devices have also been used. In tough cases surgery has been used (by oromaxillofacial surgeon). This is a tough problem, and seeing your dentist or a specialist is best.
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Thank
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Prevention is key

There are many methods to reduce TMJ symptoms, but the therapy greatly depends on the duration of the the problems and the severity.
Some patients have some bone diseases that predispose the jaw joints (including the other body joints) to degenerate at a rate faster than normal and need to be addressed. Should see your doctor and a TMJ specialist.

In brief: Prevention is key

There are many methods to reduce TMJ symptoms, but the therapy greatly depends on the duration of the the problems and the severity.
Some patients have some bone diseases that predispose the jaw joints (including the other body joints) to degenerate at a rate faster than normal and need to be addressed. Should see your doctor and a TMJ specialist.
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Thank
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial

In brief: A few ideas

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 ideas

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
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Peter Kurzweil
Board Certified,
47 years in practice
16M people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors