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What could be the best treatment for TMJ chronic arthritis in case ibuprofen pills and heat packs don't work any more?Then you very much =o)

8 doctors weighed in
Dr. John DeWolf
Dentistry
5 doctors agree

In brief: Dentist evaluation

Tmj issues can be complex.
If you have a displaced articular cartilage, you may need a splint designed to recapture it. If the issue is primarily musculo skeletal, you may need a regimen of physical therapy. It's possible surgery may be required but these decisions require diagnosis by an experienced dentist. The usual process starts with minimal invasiveness and progresses under supervision.

In brief: Dentist evaluation

Tmj issues can be complex.
If you have a displaced articular cartilage, you may need a splint designed to recapture it. If the issue is primarily musculo skeletal, you may need a regimen of physical therapy. It's possible surgery may be required but these decisions require diagnosis by an experienced dentist. The usual process starts with minimal invasiveness and progresses under supervision.
Dr. John DeWolf
Dr. John DeWolf
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Dr. Debi Williams
Dentistry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Oral Surgeon

There are some oral surgeons and dentists who treat TMJ problems with cortisol injections and steroids-call around in your area.
In addition to heat and ibuprophen, avoid caffeine and chewing gum.

In brief: Oral Surgeon

There are some oral surgeons and dentists who treat TMJ problems with cortisol injections and steroids-call around in your area.
In addition to heat and ibuprophen, avoid caffeine and chewing gum.
Dr. Debi Williams
Dr. Debi Williams
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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial

In brief: TMJ expert

You need a specialist.
See a TMJ expert. Any dentist can be a TMJ expert with the proper training and experience. Most commonly, oral surgeons, prosthodontists, and orofacial pain specialists. Ask your MD, your dentist and your dental society for referrals.

In brief: TMJ expert

You need a specialist.
See a TMJ expert. Any dentist can be a TMJ expert with the proper training and experience. Most commonly, oral surgeons, prosthodontists, and orofacial pain specialists. Ask your MD, your dentist and your dental society for referrals.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Dr. Louis Gallia
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In brief: Same

The arthritic joint should be treated as an arthritis like any other part of the body.
But, if there is degeneration of the joint/joints, then a realignment of the joints with a mouthpiece or therapy may be necessary to hopefully prevent additional breakdown.

In brief: Same

The arthritic joint should be treated as an arthritis like any other part of the body.
But, if there is degeneration of the joint/joints, then a realignment of the joints with a mouthpiece or therapy may be necessary to hopefully prevent additional breakdown.
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
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