You have your own health history. Talk with your dentist or doctor about your risk factors and experience with TMD. This will help you take an active role in your care.

Here are some tips that will make it simpler for you to talk to your doctor:

  • Bring someone with you. It helps to have another person hear what is said and think of questions to ask.
  • Write your questions down ahead of time so you do not forget them.
  • Write down the answers you get. Make sure you understand what you hear. Ask to know more if you need to.
  • Do not be afraid to ask your questions or ask where you can find out more. You have a right to know.
  • How do I know if my symptoms are from TMD?
  • Can TMD be cured?
  • What are risk factors that might make me get TMD?
  • Is my bite normal?
  • Could any facial or dental problems make TMD worse?
  • What kinds of treatment can I use to ease my TMD?
  • Are there self-care steps I can use?
  • Are there medicines I can take to ease pain?
    • What types should I use?
    • How long should I use them?
    • Are they okay to take with the other medicines or supplements that I use?
  • Should I be using a mouth guard to help me stop grinding my teeth and clenching my jaw?
  • Should I talk with my dentist about fitting a mouth plate or night guard?
  • Do I need surgery?
  • When is surgery needed?
  • What research is there that shows whether surgery helps?
  • Are there any complementary or alternative treatments for TMD?
  • How can I learn to handle stress in my life?
  • How can I break my jaw clenching habit?
  • Are there other things I can do to lower my stress?
  • Does TMD worsen, or can it be stopped with treatment?
  • What problems could I suffer if my TMD gets worse?

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