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TMJ surgery should be limited to only the very most severe cases such as where pathology (tumor, cyst, etc.) is present or complete destruction of the condyle. Most popping can be eliminated by the use of orthopedic appliance therapy which is a mouth guard that moves the jaw down and forward. I had a patient who was too embarrassed to eat with clients, because his jaw popped so loudly. After wearing a custom appliance, he said the jaw popping was completely gone in one month.
So if I were you, I would rule out all possible non-surgical options before I would see an oral surgeon.
However, regardless of the cause, the best cure is usually warm salt water. After a dental cleaning when we anticipate that the gums may be more sore than normal, we recommend rinsing with warm salt water 3-4 times a day for the next 2-3 days. Take a juice glass of warm water and add a teaspoon of salt. Stir. Rinse for 30-60 seconds and spit out. The salt water is very soothing to sore gums and helps promote healing of inflamed, tender gums. You can also take Ibuprofen (an anti-inflammatory) if needed for the pain during this time.
Here area some things you can do to help your gums:
1. Get a professional teeth cleaning-this will remove bacteria and tartar that cause your gums to bleed.
2. Brush 2-3 times a day, and floss EVERY day.
3. Rinse with an anti-bacterial mouth rinse like Listerine to further kill the bacteria that cause gum inflammation.
4. While your gums are still sore and bleeding, rinse once a day with warm salt water - this helps to soothe sore gums and promote healing of the gums.
5. Finally, if needed, take Ibuprofen for the pain. Ibuprofen is an anti-inflammatory, and it is inflammation that causes the gums to hurt.