There are various methods that can be used to treat TMJ. The following are a few of these methods.
- Make a conscious effort to avoid overstraining your jaw : avoid chewing on pens,etc.
- Better to stay away from hard foods
- Divide food into smaller pieces before eating
- Over the counter anti-inflammatory medications can be used to relieve pain, such as Ibuprofen
- Soothing music maybe helpful
- Reduce stress in your life
- Stretching exercises for the neck and shoulders
- Try to maintain a proper posture to keep your jaws well aligned
- Avoid spending extended periods of time at your PC.
- Avoiding stiffening your neck up
- Muscle relaxants can be taken in case of persistent pain
- Ask for prescription medications from your doctor, if OTC drugs aren’t sufficient.
- A mouth guard may be worn during sleep to avoid teeth grinding
- A dentist may give you a temporary splint to restore your jaw to its proper position
- Surgery should be kept as a last resort solution after all others fail
- Massage and heat treatment of your jaw muscles may prove beneficial
- Psychotherapy to reduce stress
- Low potency tranquilizers may be used
- Antidepressants may be used
- Herbal and nutritional supplements may be taken. Kava is an effective herbal supplement used for relief of anxiety, tension and insomnia. It increases the efficiency of your memory as well as your sociability. Depression associated with TMD can also be treated using herbal supplements such St.John’s Wort.
Exercises to relief TMJ
Exercises may be done while sitting upright in any chair.
- With your mouth and teeth closed, brush the tip of your tongue against your soft palate.
- Open your mouth slowly while still keeping the tongue in contact until it feels like you’re pulling your tongue away from against the palate.
- Maintain this position for about 5 seconds and then close your mouth once again.
- Stay in a relaxed position for 5 seconds and then repeat.
- These steps should be repeated for about 5 minutes.
Upon opening your mouth, you’re likely to feel that your jaw and chin muscles are tense. This exercise is best carried out facing a mirror so that you may check how your teeth are aligned.
Whatever treatment you may choose for your TMJ, make sure you do it correctly and regularly for the best results.

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