Will my TMJ pain ever go away?
TMJ pain and problems are some of the most difficult areas of dentistry as it can be hard to properly diagnose and can cause problems ranging from tooth sensitivity to ear pain to headaches. The good news though with most TMJ pain is that it does get better with time. The jaw does heal itself except in exceptional circumstances, and the symptoms of TMJ problems can be managed with over the counter pain meds, soft diet, and self-care such as massages and hot compresses.
If you feel like your symptoms are worsening or that they are not going away, causing discomfort in your day-to-day life, or causing significant pain, popping, clicking, or jaw locking, we should address your condition. We offer occlusal splint (night guards) to help address the symptoms of TMJD. Having severe jaw problems can affect your quality of life, quality of sleep, and limit the foods you eat.
Treatment with a night guard is non-invasive and can protect your teeth from damage due to clenching and grinding, a common cause of jaw pain.