What are the treatments for chronic TMJ pain?

The treatment for your TMJ pain depends heavily on its cause or causes. Some TMJ pain has simple, non-surgical solutions. In other cases, extensive ongoing therapy may be needed. In still other cases, surgery may lead you to the best outcome. Here are just a few of the common treatments used for TMJ disorders:

  • Hot or cold packs.
  • Stress reduction and relaxation techniques.
  • Psychological counseling and treatment.
  • Physical therapy and jaw exercises.
  • Nutritional therapy (such as eating soft foods).
  • Anti-inflammatory medications.
  • Muscle relaxants.
  • Dental treatments, such as an occlusal appliances or night guards.
  • Surgery (arthroscopic surgery or open-joint surgery).