TMJ treatment FAQs

Find out more about treating temporomandibular joint disorder in these frequently asked questions.

There are some home treatments you can try for TMJ problems. These include:

  • Relieving pain with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen.
  • Jaw strengthening exercises.
  • Stress reduction techniques.
  • Eating softer foods and other dietary changes.

If these treatments aren’t effective, book an appointment at Harley Street Specialist Hospital for same-day assessment and diagnosis.

  • Eat hard or chewy foods (including chewing gum).
  • Clench your jaw (such as when you’re feeling stressed or tense).
  • Bite your fingernails.
  • Slouch and/or rest your chin on your hand.
  • Chew pens or other items.

Left untreated, TMJ pain can advance. This often leads to headaches and chronic jaw pain, as well as problems with your hearing and oral health. So, treating TMJ pain as early as possible is important to prevent longer-term problems.

It’s a good idea to get advice about your jaw pain if:

  • Home treatments for TMJ disorder haven’t worked.
  • You have severe or long-term jaw pain.
  • You’re having problems eating, drinking, swallowing, or talking due to jaw pain.

Harley Street Specialist Hospital has many experienced doctors and dentists who can help you manage TMJ pain while treating the underlying symptoms. Our tailored treatment plans will ensure you get the right treatment from the most relevant, experienced physicians.

If you’re seeking TMJ treatments through the NHS, booking a dental appointment for TMD is normally recommended. You may also be able to get a referral to see an ear, nose, and throat specialist through your GP (though there may be long waiting lists).

We welcome patients with private medical insurance or those wishing to pay for their own treatment.