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Treatment for Temporomandibular Joint Disorders

TMJ TreatmentThe temporomandibular joint connects your jaw to the temporal bones of your skull. These joints allow you to move your jaw so you can speak, chew and yawn. There are a number of things that can cause TMJ disorders, which include:

Depending on the cause, your dentist will recommend a specific treatment option. Sometimes, simple activities such as eating softer food, using heat packs, or practicing relaxation can help treat the issue.

In other cases, your dentist may suggest one of the following:

Night Guard

Your dentist may suggest using a night guard (link: when you sleep to help decrease grinding your teeth or clenching.


Sometimes, your dentist may prescribe medicines to help treat the issue. Things such as anti-inflammatory or muscle relaxant medicines may help treat TMJ disorders.


You may also be instructed on certain jaw exercises that will help strengthen your jaw.

Adjusting Teeth

If you have teeth that are hitting too soon or too hard on the others, your dentist may recommend adjusting the teeth that are causing issues. They will re-position these teeth back to the appropriate area.

If you are experiencing jaw pain, it is important to speak with your dentist about what may be causing the pain.

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