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Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) (cont.)

Other Treatment

Many types of treatment can successfully relieve temporomandibular disorder (TMD) symptoms. Different doctors will suggest different treatments, any of which may work to relieve jaw and facial pain.

If a doctor recommends that you try a treatment that might make permanent changes to your jaw or teeth, get a second opinion.

Other treatment choices

Depending on your condition, one of the following choices may be more effective than another. Safe options for treatment of TMD include:

Complementary medicine

Treatments considered safe and effective for some people include:

What to think about

Many different types of treatment for temporomandibular disorders (TMD) have potential for successfully relieving your condition. If your problem is linked to muscle tension, any treatment that helps you relax your jaw muscles with no adverse effects is likely to be helpful. Different treatments work for different people.

Treatments vary greatly in safety, cost, and how well they work.

Other Places To Get Help


Academy of General Dentistry
211 East Chicago Avenue
Suite 900
Chicago, Illinois 60611-6660
Phone: 1-888-243-3368
Fax: (312) 440-0559
Web Address:

The Academy of General Dentistry is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping dentists stay up to date in the dental profession through continuing education. The organization also provides consumers with information on oral health care.

American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
9700 West Bryn Mawr Avenue
Rosemont, IL 60018-5701
Phone: 1-800-822-6637
(847) 678-6200
Fax: (847) 678-6286
Web Address:

The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) is an organization of dental surgeons who promote quality patient care and education. The AAOMS provides public and patient information on dental surgery and dental problems.

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD 20892-2190
Phone: 1-866-232-4528 toll-free
Fax: (301) 480-4098
Web Address:

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) is a governmental agency that provides information about oral, dental, and craniofacial health. By conducting and supporting research, the NIDCR aims to promote health, prevent diseases and conditions, and develop new diagnostics and therapeutics.

National Pain Foundation
300 East Hampden Avenue
Suite 100
Englewood, CO 80113
Web Address:

The National Pain Foundation (NPF) promotes the recovery of persons in pain. NPF's website provides information and resources in an interactive way that encourages patients to take an active role in managing their chronic pain. The My Pain section of the website includes a Personal Inventory section to help pain patients identify the information they need to manage their pain.

The NPF has information about pain conditions such as arthritis, back and neck pain, and cancer pain. The NPF addresses the many approaches to pain management, such as medicines, injections, surgery, acupuncture, biofeedback, chiropractic, and physical therapy. The NPF also provides support for the special needs of children in pain and information about psychological factors related to pain. The website also provides information on clinical trials that are studying pain management and treatment.

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