20-30% of the adult population will suffer TMJ pain. This is when the malocclusion leads to pain in the jaw. Think of it as the muscles and ligaments, out of their correct position, being stretched to the point that they are over extended and cause pain. Again this is because the condyle is not seated properly in the fosa, many times causing the disk to be pushed out of its correct protective position.
If a person has pain, the first thing we do is to get the patient out of pain right away. To do this we use a small splint, on the front teeth, to reposition the condyle to a more comfortable position. The pain goes away in a day.
Then we use an orthopedic splint[This looks and feels just like a retainer], to wear at night only, to position the condyle in the fossa in a more stable and permanent way. This cures 99% of all my TMJ patients!!
Rarely the patient may need further treatment to adjust the bite, when this happens I know exactly what needs to be done, and how to go about it to get the patient to complete resolution of the painful problem. If needed, I will use only the best Radiologist, Orthodontist, Physical Therapist in the world to help me.
Which over the counter medications can I use for temporary TMJ pain relief?
800 mg,[ four tabs of 200 mg],Ibuprofen twice a day is recommended.