TMJ Disorder: How Long Does the Pain Last?

TMJ Disorder: How Long Does the Pain Last?

Jun 04, 2021

Those who have experienced TMJ pain know that it is no joke. Laughing, chewing, or even talking can be an uncomfortable task when you are experiencing pain from your temporomandibular joint. In some cases, the symptoms may go away without treatment. It is estimated that over 10 million Americans are affected with temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders. Often the pain will go away with little or no treatment. If symptoms persist, your dentist can recommend different treatment options.

How Long Does the Pain Last?

TMJ pain can be debilitating, so you must be wondering how long the pain typically lasts. Unfortunately, there isn’t an easy answer to this question. The duration of the pain is dependent on the cause and the individual.

For some people, the pain can be alleviated by taking over the counter pain medications and anti-inflammatories.

Some causes of TMJ disorder:

  • Bruxism

Grinding or clinching your teeth.

  •  Malocclusion (Misalignment)

If your teeth in the upper and lower jaw don’t touch evenly, you have an improper or misaligned bite, known in dental terms as malocclusion.

  •  Injury / Facial Trauma

Facial trauma from an accident.

Signs and Symptoms:

Radiating pain in the face, jaw, or neck. Jaw muscle stiffness, limited movement or locking of the jaw. Painful clicking and popping of the jaw when opening or closing your mouth. Also a change in the way your upper and lower teeth fit together.

Patients experiencing TMJ pain should contact our dentist at Mertz Family Dentistry. We can help you feel better!

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