I think that I have a TMJ/TMD problem. How long will this last? What do I need to do to make it go away? Will it go away or is it permanent? – Lauren
Lauren – For many people TMJ/TMD gets better within several weeks or several months. Often, long-term treatment is not needed.
If diagnosed TMJ pain persists or worsens, you should see a dentist. Treatment is often conservative and includes at-home exercises, applying hot or cold packs to your face in the areas where you are experiencing pain, limiting how wide you open your mouth, as when yawning or chewing gum. When TMD is caused by teeth grinding, you may be provided with a customized night guard.
You can’t diagnose yourself with TMD. An examination from an experienced dentist will help determine if you have TMJ disorder. He or she will recommend treatment for your case.
This post is sponsored by Colorado Springs dentist Dr. Joseph Rota.