How to Cure Temporomandibular Joint Disorders?

Occasional pain or discomfort in the jaw area can be dismissed as a temporary nuisance but when the problem is starting to occur more frequently, it’s time to get checked for Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMD). If left unattended, TMD can be a life-altering problem. Severe cases of TMD can make eating and talking extremely difficult.

Cause and Symptoms of TMD

What causes TMD? There are multiple factors that contribute to the tightness of the muscle. These include misalignment to the jaw or teeth, grinding of the teeth, excessive gum chewing, poor posture, inflammatory musculoskeletal disorders such as arthritis, and stress. Symptoms include pain in the jaw, neck, or face, stiffness in the jaw muscles, as well as locking of the jaws, grating, popping, and clicking in the jaw joint. TMD can also cause changes to the fit between your upper and lower teeth.

Temporomandibular Joint Disorders diagram


Mild cases of TMD can be resolved by home remedies. You can apply ice packs to the area to reduce the pain or take anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce swelling. Stick to eating soft foods and avoid chewing gum while the pain is still present.

You can also massage the jaw and neck muscles gently to alleviate discomfort. Here are the exercises you can do to cure tightness and soreness of jaw muscles.

  • Subject your mouth through resistance training, which involves placing your thumb under your chin, right at the center. Open your mouth to lower the jaw then use your thumb to apply light pressure to the bottom of your chin. Open your mouth for 3-6 seconds. Close your mouth slowly afterwards. Repeat 3-6 times.
  • Put your thumb under your jaw the place your index fingers on the joint of your jaw. Push your thumb and index finger lightly as you close your mouth. Repeat 3-6 times.
  • Push your tongue against the roof of your mouth. Open and close your jaw slowly. Repeat this several times.
  • Place a pencil or Popsicle stick between your teeth. Move your jaw slowly to the left, then to the right. Repeat this several times. Place a thicker object between your teeth if the pencil or stick is not challenging anymore.

For severe cases, it’s necessary to seek medical help. A dental splint can be used to align the teeth and prevent you from grinding your teeth. Also called bite guards, this is prescribed and fitted by a jaw specialist. If everything else fails, dental or jaw surgery may be necessary.

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