Skip ToContent
Main Content

TMD Pain Relief

A woman holding her jaw in pain

Temporomandibular joint disorder (also known as TMD) can be quite painful. While the issue can sometimes resolve on its own, you may need a jaw splint or even surgery to correct a TMD problem. If you’re experiencing jaw pain, it’s important to make an appointment with your general dentist to get it checked out. In the meantime, there are a few ways to help relieve the pain caused by TMD.

TMD Pain Relief

Below are a few ways to find relief from the pain caused by TMD:

  • OTC Pain Medication – Over the counter analgesics such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen can help relieve the pain. Your general dentist may prescribe stronger pain medication or muscle relaxants if necessary.
  • Soft Foods – Eating soft or blended foods can allow you to give your jaw some rest. Avoid hard, crunchy, or chewy foods, and don’t open your mouth too far when eating.
  • Ice Packs – Icing the area can decrease inflammation, numb your pain, and help to promote healing. Instead of putting the ice directly on your skin, keep it wrapped in a clean cloth while holding it to the area.
  • Relaxation Techniques – Lastly, TMD can be made worse by stress, which may cause you to grind your teeth or clench your jaw during sleep. We recommend doing breathing exercises or taking part in yoga, massage, or meditation to reduce stress and promote relaxation.

In addition to the above tips, make sure you avoid clenching your jaw, chewing gum, or doing anything else that may strain the jaw. If you’re experiencing jaw pain, it’s important to make an appointment to assess the severity of the issue.

Posted on Jun 22, 2020

Share:

Archive

Jan 11, 2021, 1:23 PM
Periodontics is a field of dentistry that specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease and…
Dec 28, 2020, 8:44 PM
Getting a tooth (or teeth) removed is a relatively quick process, and with the right dentist, it can be performed within no…
Dec 14, 2020, 12:43 PM
One of the more common dental procedures is tooth extractions. Although most teenagers and some adults commonly get their…
Nov 23, 2020, 2:21 PM
If you need treatment here at Coastal Periodontics, we will provide a list of post-procedure instructions to follow on how to…
Nov 9, 2020, 5:14 PM
Gum disease is widespread and is notorious for occurring gradually. A few of the main reasons for gum disease are brushing…