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, tense muscles.
Do not use heat if you have had an injury to the jaw, you have difficulty sensing pain, or you have poor blood circulation.
Apply ice to your jaw if there is swelling, such as from a recent injury.
Use aspirin or another nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (such as Motrin or Advil) to reduce jaw swelling and pain.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Arden Christen, DDS, MSD, MA, FACD - Dentistry|
|Last Revised||January 11, 2012|
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