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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.
If needed, try a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (such as ibuprofen) to reduce jaw swelling and pain. Be safe with medicines. Read and follow all instructions on the label. If you still have pain after 2 weeks or if your pain gets worse, talk to your doctor.
Current as of:
June 30, 2021
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Adam Husney MD - Family MedicineMartin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine
Current as of: June 30, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine
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