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What needs to be done to make TMJ better?

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In brief: Other than rest,..

Pain meds, and time you may need to see a dentist or facial pain specialist for a diagnosis.
Tmj is a collection of problems related to the jaw joint and prior to treating it, it needs to be diagnosed. See www.Aaop.Org or www.Aacfp.Org for a listing of dental specialists.

In brief: Other than rest,..

Pain meds, and time you may need to see a dentist or facial pain specialist for a diagnosis.
Tmj is a collection of problems related to the jaw joint and prior to treating it, it needs to be diagnosed. See www.Aaop.Org or www.Aacfp.Org for a listing of dental specialists.
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dr. John Van der Werff
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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. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics

In brief: Eliminate the cause

If you are having a joint problem there has to be a cause.
Often the cause is malocclusion. Sometimes it's injury. There are many treatment modalities including balancing the occlusion, pain killers, exercises, orthotics (splints), managing stress, etc. As a starting point ask an orthodontist to evaluate your occlusion, the most common cause of jaw-joint dysfunction.

In brief: Eliminate the cause

If you are having a joint problem there has to be a cause.
Often the cause is malocclusion. Sometimes it's injury. There are many treatment modalities including balancing the occlusion, pain killers, exercises, orthotics (splints), managing stress, etc. As a starting point ask an orthodontist to evaluate your occlusion, the most common cause of jaw-joint dysfunction.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dr. Arnold Malerman
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