What are some ways to treat TMJ jaw pain?

Have evaluated. The first step would be to see a dentist to find out what the cause is for the TMJ pain. You may get some relief from taking ibuprophen and using a warm compress over the joint to relax the muscles. Therapy usually consists of an occlusal appliance, possible physical therapy, or if extreme possibly surgery.
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.
Sevral treatments. There are several treatments including equilibration, splint therapy, surgery.
Oral Applicance . Although earlier attempts to cure bruxism have ranged from sound alarms, electrical stimulation, psychotherapy, hypnosis, and drugs, we can now recommend simple, effective dental solutions like an oral appliance. Some act like a crutch to rest the jaw joints while others encourage a natural reflex that stops your jaw automatically to protect your teeth and jaw joints.

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What is the cause of jaw pain in tmj?

Inflammation. The joint becomes very inflamed and tender along with the surrounding muscles going into spasm. Read more...
Occlusion. The most common reason but jot the only reason for pain in the TMJ joint is occlusion that is unbalanced. Occlusion is the way your teeth fit together. If their isn't a harmonious balance in the occlusion TMJ pain is often a result. Read more...
Many things. Could be a displaced disk, adhesions, inflammation, infection, tumor, etc. See a TMJ expert to help evaluate and treat your problem. A TMJ expert can be general dentist, an oral surgeon, prosthodontist, orofacial pain specialist. Ask your physician, dentist or dental society for a recommendation. Read more...

I don't have jaw pain in the morning when I wake up, but as the morning progresses, so does the pain....Tmj? The pain is only on the right side

Could be. To really get an answer to this you'll need an exam to evaluate your bite, muscles of mastication, joint anatomy and other imaging. Exploration of your stress levels and even sleep posture may come up as well, tmd is very multi-faceted. Get to a tmd-aware dentist for a work-up. Read more...
Seems to be. Your description of symptoms do appear to be a tmj/tmd issue, but i would get evaluated to give you a more definitive answer. Read more...
Personal e-valuation. These types of situations require a one-on-one personal evaluation, including x-rays and a clinical exam. We cannot make any reasonably accurate diagnosis with such limited information and without actually seeing you. Read more...
TMJ. Tmj can be evaluated on physical exam in the office. Please make an appointment with your primary doctor soon. Read more...
TMJ. Yes TMJ. See a specialist for guidance. 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. Read more...

Is jaw pain a symptom of fibromyalgia or tmj?

Possibly both. It is not uncommon for fibromyalgia patients to have jaw pain. Tmj syndrome can be associated with arthritic changes or disc changes to the jaw itself which would be different then the source of pain for a fibromyalgia patient. See your physician or dentist to help sort out the source of the jaw pain. Read more...
History!!! Jaw pain can manifest as one of the 18 tender points of fibromyalgia. But it can also be caused by a heart condition/heart attack, teeth/gum infections, etc. Get a history and exam asap. Read more...
Concurrent disorder. Tmj (more properly termed temporal mandibular disorder, tmd) not rare in #fibromyalgia. I found tmd in people who chronically tilt their head to one side, thereby developing masseter muscle spasm in region of uppermost face. A "crossed muscle pattern" (dr. V. Janda) ensues, leading to irregular mandibular motion at use. Imo treatment is correction of underlying neck ; vertebral spine posjanda. Read more...
Either. Can be a symptoms of either. Patients with fibromyalgia nave an increased risk of TMD. See a TMJ specialist for advice. Read more...

What can I use if I am looking for TMJ jaw pain relief?

#1 reduce stress. Tmj related pain can be helped by taking NSAID meds like ibuprofen. Also alternating between cold and hot compresses, softer foods, and reducing stress can help. See your dentst for an evaluation of your tmj's and your bite. You may need to have an appliance made to wear on either top or bottom teeth to help stabalize the joints. Good luck. Read more...
Masasge and exercise. You can place your hands on the side of your face and massage the areas while opening and wiggling your jaw side to side. But this thing to do is see a dentist, you mightbe grinding your teethand need a nightguard. Read more...
Home remedies. I would add warm compresses, limit range of motion, soft diet, nsaids such as advil (ibuprofen) for muscle pain. And find a dentist who understands this condition. Read more...
See a specialist. Tmj problems don't usually subside on their own. The cause and source of the tmj/tmd pain must be evaluated, along with a super thorough history. A TMJ specialist should be consulted to get the answers that you desire. Read more...
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. Read more...

I had oral sex yesterday and woke up this am with jaw pain. Could this be my tmj?

TMJ Strain. Tmj pain characterized by pain and tenderness in front of the ear canal. The pain is often aggrevated by jaw activity and relieved with rest. Sprains or strains of the TMJ from any number of causes do occur. You have likely strained your tmj. Read more...
Yes! Interesting story and situation. If you strained your jaw wide open, you could have sprained your jaw joint, or tmj. Under these circumstances, it probably won't' last long. You should try a soft diet and "baby" your jaw for a few days and see if it doesn't go away. You might, if there are no contraindications, benefit from a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicine like ibuprofen, or even tylenol (acetaminophen). Read more...
Just fatigue. In most cases facial and jaw pain is related to muscular fatigue. Chances are that you are grinding your teeth at night as well. Consult with your dentist. Read more...
Acute or chronic. If this issue has been happening quite often, even for other functions of the jaw, i would see a dentist and/or tmj/tmd specialist. Read more...
Yes. Common to have TMJ symptoms when mouth is open too wide. Should settle down. Don't aggravate it again until symptoms dissipate. Read more...

My husband's jaw pops when he chews and he is now having jaw pain associated with it-could this be tmj?

Yes!! This is a classic presentation of tmj. For these types of patients i recommend soft foods, warm compress to the affected side, mouth guard if they grind there teeth at night, and anti-inflammatory meds. If it persists, see a dentist who treats TMJ (not all do or like to). Read more...
Joint damage. It is tmj. The popping is the internal disc moving into, and out of position, causing the joint to be compressed and inflamed. He needs to have his bite corrected to relieve the disc compression, heal the joint capsule and surrounding tissues and to, stop the popping. Read more...
Popping and TMJ. Popping with the tmj/tmj's usually signifies a displaced articular disk (forward.) not sure if you also have locking of the jaw- closed lock meaning limited opening; open lock- can't close.) need to see your dentist or TMJ specialist as your problem may become worse. Read more...
Yes. Yes, its TMJ. See a TMJ experf for advice. 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. Read more...

Still got jaw pain three years after onset of TMJ despite every treatment. Is this likley to go on its own?

Every treatment? Not knowing your specific situation, whom you've seen and what you consider "every treatment" it's impossible to give you an accurate answer. It sounds like unless there is some change in treatment or doctor, it might well continue to go on. Have you seen someone in your area who has extensive training and experience in this area? Consider going for a consult at a dental school. Read more...
TMJ. It would be helpful to know what treatments you have had. 90+% of TMJ can be treated successfully with a hard acrylic nightguard splint and patient compliance. Seek a dentist who has had extra training in TMJ treatment. Surgery is the last and worst option. Sometimes orthodontics to correct malocclusions is required as well as splint therapy. Let us know how it turns out. Read more...
Rx causes not sympt. You need to find someone that can help you find out why your joints and muscles are not working properly. These problems do not appear without causes and you need to find the causes to begin to find the proper treatment. These situations also do not "fix" themselves. Check with your dentist for someone who can help you find answers that will help. Read more...

I have jaw pain / TMJ, but have tightness and sometimes pain that radiates to my cheeks and Chin. Why does it radiate to these other areas?

Radiating tmj pain. pain associated with TMJ often is associated with the muscles and ligaments that connect to the joint this may lead to pain or soreness in the cheeks, temple, neck or ear. Read more...
Referred pain. TMJ disorder is a dysfunction that causes pain throughout the face. Trigger points can refer pain to other areas, causing a headache, neck pain, earache, or even toothache. Read more...
Referred Pain. The TMj often involves surrounding muscles, ligaments and nerves and can have widespread associated symptoms. Read more...