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Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, options to improve it

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TJD) is a problem that affects the temporomandibular joint of the jaw, a joint that connects the lower jaw to the skull, and it is one of the most common causes of facial pain.

Problems with this joint are more common than thought, and symptoms that characterize it are headaches, pain in the cheeks, pain or tenderness in the jaw, discomfort with chewing, clicking when opening or closing the mouth, creaking sensation when chewing, decreased ability to open or close the mouth and a ringing in the ears.

Some people may also experience jaw-lock, especially after opening the mouth wide to yawn, in which the patient cannot close it again. In these cases, do not force the joint and see a doctor: there are some patients who have learned how to act in such cases due to the frequent occurrences of jaw lock.


There are several causes that can potentially cause TJD. Sometimes it is congenital abnormalities, arthritis, fractures or dislocations of the jaw. It can also be caused by a misalignment of the teeth or a habit of clenching or grinding the teeth, whether asleep or awake, as a result of stress. It is important to know the cause in order to choose a treatment.

Natural Remedies

Although not always accompanied by pain, if it exists, the application of heat can help, so try hot compresses on the painful joint. A face cloth soaked in hot water works well as a compress.

Do not put your elbows on the table, as supporting your jaw on your hand is not recommended if you suffer from TJD.

Some herbal medicines are also useful for treating pain, thanks to the analgesic and relaxing effects produced by white willow bark, hop  flower and valerian.

For pain relief you can also use acupressure

1. Apply pressure between the upper and lower jaws on the protruding muscle when you clench your teeth.
2. Apply pressure with your fingers, press hard directly in front of the space where the muscle lengthens when you open your mouth.

Avoid opening the mouth widely, try not opening the mouth when you yawn, or chewing. Avoids taking big bites of food that may require opening the mouth.

Relieve daily stress

If the main cause is stress, combating it may be the most appropriate treatment, whether through relaxation techniques, yoga or any sport that allows you to release daily stress. The use of alternative therapies such as aromatherapy are tools that can contribute to healing too.


There are several treatment options for Temporomandibular joint disorder:

Dental or oral splint device: A less invasive and effective option is the use of a dental appliance for sleep and to help relax the jaw muscles during sleep, preventing teeth grinding or tightening.

Arthrocentesis: Involves cleaning out the superior joint space, allowing mobility of the joint. This procedure is done to help the patient avoid having jaw lock and also to treat joint pain.

Surgery: To treat the symptoms, ease pain, prevent clicks and properly position the jaw, surgery requires general anesthesia and carries general risks of surgery. It is important to consult a specialist to advise us on the possible consequences of performing this operation because it is possible that the patient can continue with the symptoms. Surgery should be considered as a last resort.

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5 Reviews about Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, options to improve it
on 18/03/2016
I know of many people who have reported grinding their teeth or tightening their jaws in their sleep which is directly related to this condition... It sounds really painful and quite complicated to correct it. I was surprised to read that it can be related to stress as well, but imbalances in the body (be they physical, mental or emotional) will always manifest in some way! An interesting read.
on 19/07/2014
Is that really a name?! That's crazy, but apparently quite a few people have it. It sounds super painful, and I'm super glad you guys give natural and homeopathic remedies for it. I bet daily stress does play a big part in this too. People don't realize how much they clench when they're stresed, or even grind their teeth at night. ouch.
on 04/05/2014


on 08/09/2013
I cannot imagine having this problem, it must be very annoying having it, and having problems with the jaw, maybe you are just eating something a little bit hard and then your jaw get stuck, well that sound pretty awful for anyone, I am glad of not having this disease
on 01/09/2013
My friend Ashley has this problem, and I didn't realize it until she couldn't close her mouth after shouting for a long time, that was so funny at first but then everybody got worried, she is a lot way better now but if I could known more about the disease probably I could be of more help for her

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