TMJ Guide

TMJ Cure: Which Is the One for YOU?

Since there are so many issues that are linked with the temporomandibular joint dysfunction, no solo cure can seemingly solve TMJ troubles. If for instance, there is inflammation and pain in the jaw joint, Arthrocentesis may solve the problem. Being least invasive and almost risk-free, it entails injecting a viscous solution mixed with local anesthesia direct to the TMJ (under general anesthesia) which results in ‘flushing out’ of inflammatory fluids from the joint. If there is undue swelling, steroids are used to resolve the issue.


If, on the other hand, there is displacement of the disk, surgery (Arthroplasty) is required for disk repositioning. The risk factor involved in Arthroplasty is proportional to the complexity that ranges from minimally invasive to multipart surgical procedures. It requires overnight stay and a moderately lengthy surgical session (around two hours) in which the attending surgeon opens the joint, sets the displaced disk back to its former position and stitches it appropriately to prevent further displacement. However, in many cases patients complain of post-operative pains. Needless to say, joint replacement is more complex – risk factor being fairly high with the possibility of injury caused to facial motor nerves having serious consequences. Nevertheless, Arthroplasty, as the surgery is medically termed, can cure major TMJ related problems.


If you are suffering from TMJ pain and want to opt for surgery, you must always remember to do so only after consulting a physician.


TMJ Treatment – Some Other Options


Neuromuscular treatment for the TMJ syndrome is believed to be more effective as against general surgery. It is done in three stages - relieving the muscle spasm/pain; stabilization of the bite & long-term management of the problem.


The preliminary phase of the treatment for relieving the pain and spasm is performed through a process called TENS, in which the patient is exposed to Ultra Low-Frequency Transcutaneous Electrical Neural Stimulation that relaxes the pained muscles through electronic massaging in the form of a gentle pain-relieving mode. The process is believed to lessen the pain and spasm by way of helping the body release endorphin, a natural polypeptide produced within the body.


For stabilizing the bite, a device known as Orthotic is fixed on to the patient’s teeth at night to train an effective bite in which the temporomandibular joint and other related muscles all coordinate to bring the desired result.


TMJ Cure Options


Some people try natural exercises for TMJ to get rid of the pain and the other discomforts. For the convenience of the reader, these exercises are listed here.


  • Let the tongue touch the roof of the mouth and you should open your mouth as wide as possible while breathing in slowly for ten seconds. Hold your breath and then breathe out slowly. Bring the tongue back to normal position, wait for a while and then repeat the performance ten times.
  • Making a tight fist, place it under the chin. Start pressing the fist against the chin while simultaneously attempting to open the jaw. Although it may seem difficult at the beginning, the isometric energy so produced in the attempt will help relax the mandible to a great extent.
  • Make another tight fist with your left hand to press it against the left jaw joint (right below it). Maintain the pressure while you move the joint, keeping the mouth closed. Repeat the procedure for the right joint in the same way. The isometric energy in this case will help relax the jaw muscles which in turn will alleviate the TMJ pain.
  • Using the forefinger of both hands, press against both sides of the jaw joint and then start opening the jaw bit by bit till the jaw clicks. Release the pressure and start all over again. Remember to release pressure as soon as you hear the click. The pressure should be uniform at either side for opening and closing the jaw in right alignment. In fact, it is a natural way to guide the jaw back to normal alignment.
  • Even though this final form of exercise is not recommended for chronic TMJ patients, one may attempt to practice this to resolve persistent jaw pain and related issues. However, it may look simple in action yet, may prove hazardous in performance. Anyway, there is no harm in attempting it which consists of holding the chin between the thumb and the forefinger and then trying to push the chin in and out in slow but deliberate movement. This will ease the temporomandibular joint’s secondary but significant action in securing the appropriate bit. A note of caution: Abort at once if sudden shooting pain generates while attempting to do this exercise.


TMJ Treatment And Holistic Remedies


Apart from the methods, procedures and exercises described above for effecting TMJ cure, holistic approach towards solving the TMJ disorder troubles together with change of diet and lifestyle are considered to be the best way of getting rid of this distressing disease. Holistic remedies reach within the body and identify all the contributing factors that are causing the problem and then eradicate them, rather than just treat the symptoms, which is what most other cures do. When just the symptoms are treated without addressing the real causes, these symptoms of TMJ disorders are sure to come back. But that is not the case with the holistic approach, and so the cure is permanent.

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