Along with jaw pain, temporomandibular disorder can lead to other symptoms including headaches, migraines, and pain in the ears, face, teeth, neck, shoulders and back. TMJD pain, in many cases, can be severe and long lasting.
While acute TMJD pain and symptoms can last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, often disappearing after the source of discomfort has subsided, chronic symptoms characterized by recurrent episodes of sharp and dull pains can manifest over an extended period of several months or even years.
TMJD Pain and Pain Relievers
Popping pain relievers does very little to help with TMJD-related pain and only provides relief for a little while. While medication may help provide temporary relief, the underlying biomechanics remain unaddressed. Since the cause of the pain also remains unidentified, there will usually be repeated pain to the area over time.
Many pain relievers are also not to be taken more than a day or two without a doctor’s prescription since they may have adverse side effects. You’re better off getting medical treatment from an experienced dentist to help you diagnose the condition, identify the root cause of the problem, and get you proper treatment so that TMJD pain and other symptoms do not interfere with your health and quality of life.
Treating Your TMJ Disorder
Because the symptoms of TMJD vary by individual, it is usually difficult to predict how severe the pain can be. Hence, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. Here at Dream Smile, we approach each case differently and will create a treatment plan customized to each patient’s condition.
Neglecting treatment and allowing the irritation and inflammation that comes with TMJD pain to continue will only subject your joint to long-term damage. You can’t afford to let this continue. Schedule a visit or contact Dr. Norman and the team at 425-366-7983 today to get started.