Initial treatment of problems with the jaw joint and the surrounding muscles is outlined below:

  1. Avoid Further Damage
    • Try and minimize emotional stress, which can make you clench your teeth during the day and grind your teeth at night.
    • Delay dental procedures that keep your mouth open for extended periods of time.
  2. Jaw Rest
    • Eat soft food – no raw carrots, no nuts.
    • Chew evenly on both sides of your mouth.
    • Keep your teeth apart during the day (no clenching).
    • Try and minimize talking for extended periods of time.
  3. Night Guard
    • Have your general dentist make you a custom night guard. This will prevent you from grinding your teeth at night.
  4. Avoid Bad Habits
    • Do not bite your nails.
    • Do not chew gum.
  5. Medications
    • Use regular/extra strength Advil/Ibuprofen (as per the instructions on the medication) for 1-2 weeks. Check with your physician to ensure that you are allowed to take this medication.