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How can I reduce the pain associated with tmj?

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Dr. Bettina Herbert
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Severeal ways

Tmj can be caused by misalignments and strain patterns in the head, neck & upper body (actually anywhere in the body).
Find an orthodontist, dentist or physician who has studied with osteopathic physicians or has learned the more popular craniosacral therpy. They can address the cause of the strains. Since clenching can worsen things, try stress reduction-deep breathing, regular meditation etc.

In brief: Severeal ways

Tmj can be caused by misalignments and strain patterns in the head, neck & upper body (actually anywhere in the body).
Find an orthodontist, dentist or physician who has studied with osteopathic physicians or has learned the more popular craniosacral therpy. They can address the cause of the strains. Since clenching can worsen things, try stress reduction-deep breathing, regular meditation etc.
Dr. Bettina Herbert
Dr. Bettina Herbert
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial

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
Dr. Louis Gallia
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Dr. Gary Lederman
Dentistry

In brief: See dentist

Common approached include palliative care (soft diet, moist heat, rest, limit opening).
Active care includes various bite splints or a neuromuscular dental, orthosis.Nsaid meds, like ibuprofen, can be helpful. Exhaust all reversible treatments and resolve symptoms before considering treatment that is irreversible.

In brief: See dentist

Common approached include palliative care (soft diet, moist heat, rest, limit opening).
Active care includes various bite splints or a neuromuscular dental, orthosis.Nsaid meds, like ibuprofen, can be helpful. Exhaust all reversible treatments and resolve symptoms before considering treatment that is irreversible.
Dr. Gary Lederman
Dr. Gary Lederman
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