Treatment without surgery

You and your doctor may decide there are some things you can do now to see if you can manage your pain without surgery.

What can I do now?

Changes in diet

Changes in your diet may help. Talk with your doctor about the types of food you should be avoiding to help reduce your pain. 6, 7

Physical therapy

Physical therapists can help lessen your pain by teaching better posture or muscle relaxing techniques. They can also help to teach you how to overcome muscle tensing habits. 6, 8, 9


Your doctor may recommend over-the-counter or prescription medication to help with your pain. Various classes of drugs can be used in low dosage for relief. The choice and use of these medications must be monitored by your doctor. 8

Learn more about TMJ replacement

This is not an extensive list of non-surgical options. Talk to your doctor about different approaches to help decrease your jaw pain. If these approaches don’t lessen your pain, you still have options.

  1. TMJ Concepts Sterile Implant IFU
  2. TMJ Patient Brochure
  3. Cleveland Clinic- Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorders Accessed 08/07/2023
  4. National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research- TMD Accessed 08/07/2023
  5. Mayo Clinic- TMJ Disorders Accessed 08/07/2023
  6. Wright EF, North SL, et al. Management and Treatment of Temporomandibular Disorders: A Clinical Perspective. National Library of Medicine. 2009; 17(4): 247–254. Accessed 08/06/2023
Important information

Potential risks of the procedure

Adverse events include worsening of TMJ symptoms, operative difficulties, chronic or reoccuring swelling, jaw muscle spasms, temporary and/or permanent facial muscle weakness, temporary and/or permanent numbness, temporary and/or permanent hearing loss, dental malocclusion, dislocation of implant components, resorption of the glenoid fossa or mandible, perforation or dehiscence of surrounding tissue, allergic reaction, post-operative pain, swelling, bruising, jaw muscle spasm, hematoma formation, and nerve pain.

Please see Instructions for Use (IFU) for a complete listing of warnings, precautions, and adverse events. 1, 2

More information


The information presented is for educational purposes only. Stryker is not dispensing medical advice. Please speak to your doctor to decide what course of treatment is right for you. Only your doctor can make the medical judgement regarding which products and treatments are right for you. Any medical procedure carries certain risks, and your doctor will explain all possible complications and/or side effects. Not all patients will experience the same results.

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