Re: What treatments are available for TMJ?
Have you been to see a TMD specialist?
Have you asked your Dentist to make you a splint?
Have you had an MRI?
If, no to all then I would recommend you:
1.) Make an appointment with ideally a TMD specialist or a Dentist
2.) Tell your Dentist you would like to start Splint Therapy asap, this will give your Temporalis Muscle and Masseter Muscle located above and below your jaw a chance to rest and heal, this could possibly help decrease your pain. You could also ask for a low dose of Diazepam to take at night to help relax your muscle while you sleep.
If your TMJ is solely caused by the TMJ muscles then a *properly made splint* should help.
If your disc is displaced, the slpint will only help you some. You should know right away if the splint helps.
Avoid all chewy and hard foods. Don't force your mouth open. Apply heat or ice to your inflamed jaw muscles which ever feels better and works for YOU!
If you have a splint made, make sure your doctor checks and ADJUSTS your splint often to avoid permanent bite problems.