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How to treat TMJ joint inflammation?

8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry
5 doctors agree

In brief: Conservatively

You can use ice, heat, anti-inflammatories, rest; all the measures you would use with inflammation of other joints.

In brief: Conservatively

You can use ice, heat, anti-inflammatories, rest; all the measures you would use with inflammation of other joints.
Dr. Steven Bender
Dr. Steven Bender
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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
1 doctor agrees

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. Duane Keller
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Diagnose then treat

The best functional position (painless, noiseless, full range of motion without deviation or deflection) is the first initial step.
When you are functioning optimally in the diagnostic position you can consider treatments. A splint is usually necessary to help find the reversible diagnostic position and then can be used to help maintain stability during early treatment.

In brief: Diagnose then treat

The best functional position (painless, noiseless, full range of motion without deviation or deflection) is the first initial step.
When you are functioning optimally in the diagnostic position you can consider treatments. A splint is usually necessary to help find the reversible diagnostic position and then can be used to help maintain stability during early treatment.
Dr. Duane Keller
Dr. Duane Keller
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