TMJ is a frustrating disorder that can cause chronic pain and discomfort. If you’re struggling with this common issue, you’re probably wondering: does TMJ go away on its own? Or do you need to seek treatment? Read on to learn the answers.
TMJ actually stands for the temporomandibular joint, which is the joint that is affected when you have TMJ Disorder. As a result, the disorder is often referred to as TMD or TMJ. The temporomandibular joint is the joint that connects your jawbone to your skull and controls the jaw movement. When you have a TMJ disorder, you’ll experience consistent pain in that area.
The cause of TMJ can vary and be difficult to pinpoint. Culprits include arthritis, genetics, injury, or clenching/grinding. Signs and symptoms that you may feel if you have TMJ include jaw tenderness and/or aches, facial pain, pain while chewing, and clicking and/or locking jaw, among others.
The short answer is: Yes! For most people dealing with this TMJ, it isn’t considered to be serious and will go away on its own. However, some people will end up wanting, or needing, treatment. If you have it, start with some self-care, and talk to your dentist about it when you can. Get exercise, massage the area, and reduce your stress levels however you can. If the issue persists or worsens, your dentist will be able to advise you as to what therapies may be worth pursuing.
If you’ve been experiencing pain in the jaw area, you may have TMJ. We offer treatment here at Caring Smiles. Give us a call or contact us through our convenient online form to get in for an examination.