Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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TMJ Disease Treatment

Initial treatment for TMJ disease is conservative and includes a soft diet, dental guards, muscle relaxant medications, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain. Additional treatment of TMJ disease may include injections of corticosteroid medication into the jaw joint. Surgery is reserved for those who fail conservative treatment.

Specific treatment for TMJ disease may include:

TMJ Disease Drugs

Medications used to treat TMJ disease include:

TMJ Disease Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of TMJ disease.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
    • Is surgery an option for me?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Do I need to change my diet?
  • Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • When can I return to work?
  • Will I need physical therapy?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for worsening TMJ disease?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

TMJ Disease Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat TMJ disease:

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Last Updated: Jun 10, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed TMJ Disease References
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