Question: What Causes TMJ To Flare Up?

Can TMJ be on one side only?

Many people experience TMJ symptoms, but tend to get them on just one side.

They often ask us if it’s possible to develop temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) on one side.

The answer is: yes, but it’s usually not just that side that’s affected..

What can make TMJ worse?

Other factors that may make TMJ symptoms worse include poor diet and lack of sleep. Many people end up having “trigger points.” These are contracted muscles in your jaw, head, and neck. Trigger points can refer pain to other areas, causing a headache, earache, or toothache.

What can a dentist do for TMJ?

Treatment form an orthodontist can alleviate TMJ symptoms in many cases. If your TMJ comes from teeth grinding or clenching, your dentist may recommend that you wear a custom dental appliance. Often called a bite plate or a splint, this appliance will keep your upper teeth from grinding against your lower teeth.

What does TMJ pain feel like?

Signs and symptoms of TMJ disorders may include: Pain or tenderness of your jaw. Pain in one or both of the temporomandibular joints. Aching pain in and around your ear.

What is the best medication for TMJ?

Over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen may help relieve TMJ pain. Muscle relaxers may be prescribed for severe pain. Doctors may also recommend: mouth guards to prevent teeth grinding and jaw clenching.

Is TMJ a medical or dental problem?

TMJ affects more than twice as many women (particularly those of childbearing age) as men and is the most common non-dental related chronic facial pain.

Does drinking water help TMJ?

Stay Hydrated – One of the most important things for avoiding a TMJ symptom flare is to stay hydrated. Drinking water consistently throughout the day will keep your body hydrated and will help to relax the muscles in your jaw, neck and shoulders.

Does caffeine make TMJ worse?

Caffeine can make your TMJ symptoms worse because caffeine makes your muscles move more than they would without caffeine. Caffeine also amps up your nervous system, making you feel even more anxious and stressed, and consequently, making you tense up your muscles including those in your jaw.

How do you stop a TMJ flare up?

If you get a TMJ flare-up, you can find relief from pain and discomfort by doing the following:In the affected area apply heat or ice.Keep a soft diet and avoid hard and chewy foods.Take pain relief options.Try relaxing techniques that also contribute to relaxing your facial muscles.More items…•

How long does it take for TMJ to go away?

In the majority of cases, TMJ syndrome is self-limiting. Most of the symptoms disappear in two weeks once the jaw is rested There are a variety of options for treating TMJ syndrome at home.

Is TMJ caused by inflammation?

In the case of TMJ, the jaw joint becomes injured from trauma, arthritic conditions, or other causes. The end result is inflammation develops and causes pain. Unfortunately, the inflammation does not stay within jaw joint itself in TMJ. Instead it spreads to other tissues around the area.

How do you get rid of TMJ inflammation?

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), like naproxen or ibuprofen, can relieve muscle pain and swelling. Use moist heat or cold packs. Apply an ice pack to the side of your face and temple area for about 10 minutes. Do a few simple jaw stretches (if your dentist or physical therapist OKs them).