What patient education is indicated in the treatment of TMJ syndrome?

Updated: Jan 02, 2018
  • Author: Vivian Tsai, MD, MPH, FACEP; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Patient education measures may include the following:

  • Instruct patients to apply moist heat to affected area for no longer than 15 minutes per application.
  • Educate patients about bruxism and the need to avoid clenching and grinding teeth.
  • Suggest that stress can play a major role in illness; teach stress reduction strategies and provide behavior modification and counseling.
  • Prescribe a soft diet for patients with chewing pain, and advise them to chew more slowly and take smaller bites.
  • Instruct patient in jaw-opening exercises.
  • For patient education information, see Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Syndrome.

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