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If you have a temporomandibular disorder (TMD), you can try ice or heat to relieve your pain.
Put either an ice pack or a warm, moist cloth on your jaw for 15
minutes several times a day. You can try switching
back and forth between moist heat and cold. Gently open and close your mouth
while you use the ice pack or heat.
Apply moist heat to your jaw to relieve sore,
Do not use heat if you have had an injury to
the jaw, you have difficulty sensing pain, or you have poor blood
Apply ice to your jaw if there is swelling,
such as from a recent injury.
If needed, try a
nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (such as ibuprofen) to reduce jaw swelling and pain. Be safe with medicines. Read and follow all instructions on the label. If you still have pain after 2 weeks or if your pain gets worse, talk to your doctor.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerArden Christen, DDS, MSD, MA, FACD - Dentistry
Current as ofNovember 14, 2014
Current as of:
November 14, 2014
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Arden Christen, DDS, MSD, MA, FACD - Dentistry
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