Certain at-home measures can be useful in providing relief from symptoms of TMJ disorder. For instance, using hot and cold compress to the side of the face, exercises to stretch and massage the jaw muscles, avoiding stress-induced habits such as clenching jaws or chewing pencils, and avoiding excessive chewing of hard or chewy foods can help alleviate painful TMJ disorder symptoms.
Your doctor or dentist may also prescribe medicine or pain relievers and suggest relaxation techniques and stress management. In some cases posture training and physical therapy are also useful in managing TMJ pain.
If these methods do not prove useful, other treatment options include:
Dental splints that resemble mouth guards to prevent grinding of teeth.
Sedative in cases where you may clench teeth unknowingly at night, aggravating TMJ pain.
Corticosteroid injections may prove useful for some people.
Using a procedure called arthrocentesis to insert needles to remove debris and inflammatory by-product from the joint.
Counselling and therapy to help you manage your symptoms better.
In some cases, surgery may be recommended if the above treatment options are not useful to repair your temporomandibular joint. However, this should be avoided.
Our team of highly qualified otolaryngologists (ENT specialists) and dentists at The Aga Khan University Hospital are specially trained in the treatment of disorders of the ear, nose, throat and jaws. Discuss your concerns with the treatment option prescribed for you in detail with your doctor before you start a treatment plan.