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Does cold or heat make TMJ worse?

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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Usually cold.

Usually cold makes it worse.
However, if you have an inflammatory componenst, cold might help. Try both, use whatever makes it more comfortable.

In brief: Usually cold.

Usually cold makes it worse.
However, if you have an inflammatory componenst, cold might help. Try both, use whatever makes it more comfortable.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Dr. Louis Gallia
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Dr. Meng Syn
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Should help

Think of the tm joint like any other joint in the body.
Stiff, tense, and sore muscles can be relaxed and relieved with a little heat if the tm joint feels warm, cool it off with cold — applying an ice pack or even a bag of frozen vegetables (easier to wrap around an area like a knee) can help to numb areas affected by joint pain. Cold and heat should help and not hurt.

In brief: Should help

Think of the tm joint like any other joint in the body.
Stiff, tense, and sore muscles can be relaxed and relieved with a little heat if the tm joint feels warm, cool it off with cold — applying an ice pack or even a bag of frozen vegetables (easier to wrap around an area like a knee) can help to numb areas affected by joint pain. Cold and heat should help and not hurt.
Dr. Meng Syn
Dr. Meng Syn
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Dr. Robert Knox
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
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In brief: TMJ Pain -Heat /Cold

Generally, heat helps tmj, as heat helps soothe tired muscles, the root caused of most TMJ symptoms.
Applying ice / cold does little to help most sufferers from TMJ disorders.

In brief: TMJ Pain -Heat /Cold

Generally, heat helps tmj, as heat helps soothe tired muscles, the root caused of most TMJ symptoms.
Applying ice / cold does little to help most sufferers from TMJ disorders.
Dr. Robert Knox
Dr. Robert Knox
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In brief: Normally not

There are many symptoms associated with tmj/tmd, and temperature changes do not normally make it worse.
If there are other factors in addition to the tmj, then a temperature change can affect the symptoms that you are having. Trigeminal neuralgia, abscessed teeth, headaches, etc., can appear in this category. I would see a specialist to rule out other causes.

In brief: Normally not

There are many symptoms associated with tmj/tmd, and temperature changes do not normally make it worse.
If there are other factors in addition to the tmj, then a temperature change can affect the symptoms that you are having. Trigeminal neuralgia, abscessed teeth, headaches, etc., can appear in this category. I would see a specialist to rule out other causes.
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
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