Jaw Joint Program

  • Avoid chewing (other than soft foods) for 3-4 days.
  • Use Hot/Cold gel packs, heated, 4 times per day for a minimum of 10 minutes each session, for 3-4 days.
  • Use an over the counter anti-inflammatory medication such as (Motrin, Advil, Aleve, etc.) 3 times per day for 5 days. Use Tylenol if you are prone to GI irritations.
  • Your doctor may prescribe an anti-inflammatory medication as an alternative to over-the-counter medications.
  • Gently message area frequently during the day.

Follow up Preventative Care

  • Chew evenly on both sides of the mouth.
  • Chew soft foods on the same side as the discomfort.
  • Avoid opening your mouth too widely and suppress yawns to prevent stretching of the joint capsule.
  • A dental appliance may be recommended for long term preventative care.