Though some know it as “TMJ,” the actual name for disorders that affect the jaw joint and surrounding musculature is temporomandibular disorder (TMD). TMJ refers to the temporomandibular joint.
TMDs can have a variety of causes that may all cause significant distress. Symptoms can vary, but typically, those with TMD may suffer from difficulty chewing, pain in the jaw, face, or neck, jaw stiffness, limited jaw mobility, clicking or popping accompanying jaw movement, headaches, and in some instances, there may even be ear ringing and difficulties with hearing.
Studies have shown those with chronic disorders suffer psychological effects, and further studies have shown that psychological stress may cause or worsen the symptoms of TMD, meaning your TMD can worsen as time goes on.
Though seeking TMD treatment is recommended, you may wonder if your pain will resolve on its own. Learn in what situations TMD can clear on its own and when you should work with a doctor.
Can TMDs Clear On Their Own?
The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research believes that many people will face a reduction in their discomfort from TMD over time. They also recommend that more complex, chronic cases seek treatment.
TMD-like symptoms that may clear on their own may come from an acute injury to the jaw, overuse such as excessive gum chewing, or sleeping on your stomach, which may cause pressure on your jaw. In these instances, your symptoms may alleviate with time.
The best way to find out if your TMD needs treatment is to work with a healthcare specialist familiar with the disorder.
Work With a Board-Certified Dr. Leslie Sultan for TMD Relief
Treatment can be incredibly beneficial, especially when started early. However, who you choose to get treatment from is often as important as deciding to seek treatment.
Work with an experienced physician who seeks to provide an accurate diagnosis and improve your quality of life.
Dr. Leslie Sultan at the Sultan Center for Oral Facial Surgery in Fort Lauderdale, FL, is a Board-Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, demonstrating the highest standard of expertise and proficiency.
Dr. Sultan will conduct a thorough examination for TMD, depending on your needs. Utilizing tools such as sleep studies, clinical examinations, and imaging tools like MRIs and cone beam CT scans at the Sultan Center for Oral Facial Surgery, you can expect the best in care.
With nearly 40 years of knowledge and experience, Dr. Sultan can help. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Sultan, call 954-771-8772.