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Diseases & Conditions

Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ)

The temporomandibular joint sometimes referred to as TMJ is the joint which acts as a sliding hinge to connect the jaw bone to the skull.

When the temporomandibular joint is not functioning properly, or a person is experiencing pain or discomfort in that area, it is referred to as temporomandibular disorder or TMD.

Causes of Temporomandibular Disorder

There are several different possible sources responsible for the pain and discomfort of temporomandibular disorder. Arthritis in the temporomandibular joint may contribute to the condition. Grinding teeth at night may also be causing a temporomandibular disorder. Many people don’t even realize they are grinding their teeth in their sleep. If you are waking up feeling stressed or with pain in your jaw, consider a bedtime routine that reduces stress. Jaw or teeth clenching during the day is also something that may be a factor in a temporomandibular disorder. And, not surprisingly, heredity may also be a factor, especially if the condition is chronic.

Symptoms of Temporomandibular Disorder

Symptoms of a temporomandibular disorder may include pain or tenderness in the joint, difficulty chewing or pain while chewing, facial pain, and most distinguishable, a locked feeling in the jaw or difficulty opening your mouth.

Treatments

Several natural treatments may relieve the symptoms of temporomandibular disorder. Gentle massages to the area should offer some relief. A warm cloth or electric heating pad placed on the area may help to alleviate pain and stress. Meditation, yoga, and just relaxing are all good stress management techniques.

On the defensive side, avoid chewing gum. Additionally, avoid hard- to- chew foods such as bagels and steak if you are having a flare-up.

Surgery is sometimes recommended to alleviate the condition, but there are medications available for relief from a temporomandibular disorder.

Temporomandibular disorder can make everyday things like eating and even smiling very uncomfortable. It is, however, a manageable condition. If stress relief exercises or massage and compresses are not giving you the relief, you need you may need to consider medication.

If a temporomandibular disorder is impacting your quality of life, be sure to discuss relief options with your doctor or healthcare professional. At Fusion Rx, we will work with your physician to determine the best course of treatment for your particular needs. The following are the sources of medicinal treatment offered at our compounding pharmacy.

Medications to Treat TMJ

Over-the-Counter Medications:

  • Advil
  • Tylenol
  • Vicodin
  • Naprosyn
  • Elavil
  • Klonopin
  • Soma

Compounded Medications:
We can make capsules, ointments, creams, lotions, or oral suspensions of the following:

  • Ketoprofen
  • Lidocaine
  • Bupivacaine
  • Potassium Chloride
  • Potassium Citrate
  • Potassium Nitrate
  • Cyclobenzaprine
  • Amitriptyline
  • Clonazepam
  • Naproxen
  • Ibuprofen
  • Acetaminophen
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    Clair C. | West Hollywood, CA