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What is TMJ and what can I do to fix it?

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Dr. Dale Rottman
Dentistry
7 doctors agree

In brief: Joint pain

Tmj stands for temporal mandibular joint which is the joint between the upper and lower jaws.
Therapy usually starts with having an occlusal appliance(night guard) made. Wearing the appliance helps to relax the muscles surrounding the joint and helps to alleviate pain. A dentist should be consulted to determine the cause of your problem.

In brief: Joint pain

Tmj stands for temporal mandibular joint which is the joint between the upper and lower jaws.
Therapy usually starts with having an occlusal appliance(night guard) made. Wearing the appliance helps to relax the muscles surrounding the joint and helps to alleviate pain. A dentist should be consulted to determine the cause of your problem.
Dr. Dale Rottman
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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
2 doctors agree

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
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Malocclusion may be causative of, or contributory to, joint dysfunction. It would also be prudent to have an Orthodontist evaluate your occlusion.
Dr. Kim Capehart
Dentistry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Evaluation Needed

At home you can do otc anti-inflammatories such as Ibuprofen or advil (ibuprofen).
Soft diet and physical therapy are also some things you can do at home. Heating pad or ice is also options. You should go to the doctors to get evaluated and get a definitive diagnosis and treatment plan.

In brief: Evaluation Needed

At home you can do otc anti-inflammatories such as Ibuprofen or advil (ibuprofen).
Soft diet and physical therapy are also some things you can do at home. Heating pad or ice is also options. You should go to the doctors to get evaluated and get a definitive diagnosis and treatment plan.
Dr. Kim Capehart
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Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management

In brief: TMJ treatment

Temporo-mandibular disorder is the second most frequent cause of orofacial pain after dental pain.
Proper diagnosis is the key to the successful treatment. See an orofacial pain practitioner for a consultation and management. They are the expert in TMJ nonsurgical, conservative, predictable and effective treatment.

In brief: TMJ treatment

Temporo-mandibular disorder is the second most frequent cause of orofacial pain after dental pain.
Proper diagnosis is the key to the successful treatment. See an orofacial pain practitioner for a consultation and management. They are the expert in TMJ nonsurgical, conservative, predictable and effective treatment.
Dr. Paul Grin
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Dr. Duane Keller
Dentistry

In brief: Stability / function

A TMJ problem exists when the bite, joint, muscle function and head and neck relationships are compromised.
Use a reversible diagnostic phase (splint and physical therapy) to find a stable position. Then consider the best options that are possible to maintain the stable position as the bite is approximated to a stable joint and muscle relationship.

In brief: Stability / function

A TMJ problem exists when the bite, joint, muscle function and head and neck relationships are compromised.
Use a reversible diagnostic phase (splint and physical therapy) to find a stable position. Then consider the best options that are possible to maintain the stable position as the bite is approximated to a stable joint and muscle relationship.
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