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Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ/TMD) is pain that is experienced where the head and jaw connect on the lower jaw. This pain can be a result of stress, grinding/clenching, misaligned teeth, injury to the joint itself or arthritis. Along with soreness and severe pain, TMJ can cause problems with speech.

How to treat TMJ/TMD?

In select cases of TMJ/TMD the pain and soreness may subside over time. Other times treatment as listed below, may be necessary to alleviate discomfort.

  • Try and relax your jaw, avoiding constant and/or extreme movements
  • Alternate between the used of mild heat packs and ice packs
  • Stick to a soft food diet
  • Pain medication or a muscle relaxant may be prescribed
  • A Custom fit Mouthguard/Nightguard may be indicated

Certain severe cases may require alternative treatment, including but not limited to surgery.