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What should I do if I have TMJ (the temporomandibular joint disorder)?

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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
2 doctors agree

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
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Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management
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In brief: See OFP specialist

Temporo-mandibular syndrome is the second most frequent cause of orofacial pain after dental pain.
TMJ syndrome may cause ear pain, ringing in the ears, jaw locking, and pain behind the ear. Proper diagnosis is the key to successful treatment. See Orofacial Pain expert for a consultation and treatment options.

In brief: See OFP specialist

Temporo-mandibular syndrome is the second most frequent cause of orofacial pain after dental pain.
TMJ syndrome may cause ear pain, ringing in the ears, jaw locking, and pain behind the ear. Proper diagnosis is the key to successful treatment. See Orofacial Pain expert for a consultation and treatment options.
Dr. Paul Grin
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Dr. Howard Schneider
Dentistry - Pediatric
1 doctor agrees

In brief: TMJ dysfunction

The muscles and ligaments that cause your jaw to move are not working smoothly.
If you chew gum stop. Eat softer foods next 2-3 weeks. Apply moist heat to the joint area. Stress plays a big role in triggering TMJ problems. Find activities to help reduce your stress level. See your dentist for more detailed help.

In brief: TMJ dysfunction

The muscles and ligaments that cause your jaw to move are not working smoothly.
If you chew gum stop. Eat softer foods next 2-3 weeks. Apply moist heat to the joint area. Stress plays a big role in triggering TMJ problems. Find activities to help reduce your stress level. See your dentist for more detailed help.
Dr. Howard Schneider
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Dr. Jeffrey Buxton
Internal Medicine - Sleep Medicine
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In brief: See a specialist

You should see a dentist specialized in the treatment of TMJ and craniofacial pain.
Your general dentist should be able to point you in the right direction. If you are in pa, i can vouch for dr. Glassmann. If you can get into see him, he can help with your problem.

In brief: See a specialist

You should see a dentist specialized in the treatment of TMJ and craniofacial pain.
Your general dentist should be able to point you in the right direction. If you are in pa, i can vouch for dr. Glassmann. If you can get into see him, he can help with your problem.
Dr. Jeffrey Buxton
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In brief: Depends

Need to be evaluated to make sure that you truly have tmj/tmd or some other ailment, etc.
That can mimic TMJ symptoms. Should see a dentist/tmj specialist first to give you more info with a thorough history and exam.

In brief: Depends

Need to be evaluated to make sure that you truly have tmj/tmd or some other ailment, etc.
That can mimic TMJ symptoms. Should see a dentist/tmj specialist first to give you more info with a thorough history and exam.
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
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Dr. Brijesh Chandwani
Pain Management

In brief: Self care

You should try a soft diet for a few days.
If the jaw function does not improve with soft diet and ice/warm compresses over the jaw, consult your dentist or an orofacial pain dentist (i believe dr. Barry glassman and dr. Don maliza are close by and both are excellent practitioners for management of temporomandibular disorders).

In brief: Self care

You should try a soft diet for a few days.
If the jaw function does not improve with soft diet and ice/warm compresses over the jaw, consult your dentist or an orofacial pain dentist (i believe dr. Barry glassman and dr. Don maliza are close by and both are excellent practitioners for management of temporomandibular disorders).
Dr. Brijesh Chandwani
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