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What can I do to cure minor tmj?

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Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry
3 doctors agree

In brief: See below

Let your lower jaw be at rest and not touch the upper teeth.
Also, opening wide to yawn or bite something can aggravate a temporomandibular joint. Aspirin can reduce inflammation in the tmj. An oral splint can help to reduce symptoms.

In brief: See below

Let your lower jaw be at rest and not touch the upper teeth.
Also, opening wide to yawn or bite something can aggravate a temporomandibular joint. Aspirin can reduce inflammation in the tmj. An oral splint can help to reduce symptoms.
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dr. Robert Ryan
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2 doctors agree

In brief: Night Guard

You can see your dentist and have a professionally fitting night guard fabricated.
It should help with your symptoms.

In brief: Night Guard

You can see your dentist and have a professionally fitting night guard fabricated.
It should help with your symptoms.
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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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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In brief: No real cure

Tmj/tmd normally depending on its severity and symptoms, may never really be "cured, " just maintained.
If a disk is dislocated or displaced, it may "recapture" on its own, but there can be cycles of good days and bad days. If your problem is an acute one (like a recent injury or minor bite problem, the chances of re-occurrence with proper treatment may be slight compared to a persistent prob.

In brief: No real cure

Tmj/tmd normally depending on its severity and symptoms, may never really be "cured, " just maintained.
If a disk is dislocated or displaced, it may "recapture" on its own, but there can be cycles of good days and bad days. If your problem is an acute one (like a recent injury or minor bite problem, the chances of re-occurrence with proper treatment may be slight compared to a persistent prob.
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
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