Treatment for TMJ disorder will vary depending on the condition’s underlying cause. Myofascial pain can often be treated with muscle relaxants and anti-inflammatory medications. If you think you may have TMJ disorder, see your dentist or doctor. They will ask about your symptoms and medical history and do a physical examination. They may also order X-rays or other tests to rule out other conditions. Treatment for TMJ disorder may include home care, such as over-the-counter pain relievers, ice, and heat; lifestyle changes, such as avoiding chewy foods; and dental appliances, such as mouth guards. If these treatments don’t relieve your symptoms, you may need surgery. If you have TMJ dysfunction, your healthcare physician will most likely recommend conservative therapy options first. However, many of these techniques can be used in conjunction to provide TMJ relief:
As needed, use wet heat or cold packs. Apply an ice pack to the side of your face and temple area for about 10 minutes to relieve acute pain. Simple jaw stretching exercises should be performed (as instructed by your healthcare provider). After exercising, place a warm towel or washcloth on your face for about five minutes. Repeat this several times per day. Consume soft foods. Eat soft meals like yogurt, mashed potatoes, cottage cheese, soup, scrambled eggs, salmon, cooked fruits and vegetables, beans, and grains to keep your jaw from working overtime. Avoid frozen and crunchy foods (such as hard rolls, pretzels, and raw carrots) and chewy foods (like caramels and taffy). Also, it would be best if you did not chew gum. If you are experiencing symptoms of TMJ disorder, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our office today to schedule an appointment. We can help to diagnose and treat your condition and relieve your pain.