Can TMD Go Away Without Treatment?
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects the jaw to the skull at the temporal lobe. When you chew, speak, or open your mouth, you use your TMJ. Since it plays such an important role in your normal functioning, it’s noticeable when it begins to hurt.
Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) describe the group of conditions that involve the dysfunction of the TMJ, leading to symptoms such as headaches and migraines, jaw pain, and difficulty chewing and speaking.
While treatment options are available for TMD, you may wonder if your symptoms will go away on their own. If so, keep reading to find out.
Can TMD Symptoms Resolve on Their Own?
If you’re experiencing TMD, it may resolve on its own, but it is largely dependent on the causes of your TMD and your symptoms.
The exact reason TMD begins is not always clear. Some common causes include stress, eating habits, misaligned bite, and bruxism (teeth grinding), which can cause your TMD to flare up.
If, for example, you’re experiencing TMD due to stress, your symptoms may reduce as stressors are removed from your life. However, should you become stressed again, it may cause your TMD to return.
Furthermore, in cases where a misaligned bite or bruxism worsens your TMD, your symptoms may not improve until you address the underlying condition.
In general, it’s best to receive treatment for your TMD, even if the symptoms may come and go. There is no guarantee that it will not return unless you address the root cause and are treated for your condition.
TMD Treatment in Boulder, CO
TMD treatment focuses on treating the root cause. In many cases, the root cause can be traced back to a misalignment of the teeth, which can affect the joint’s functioning, leading to pain and discomfort. When you visit Dr. Ania Mohelicki, she can provide you with treatment options to correct malocclusions. As your bite improves, you may notice your symptoms reducing.
Another option is a mouthguard. Some patients experience TMD because they grind their teeth while they sleep, causing pain in their TMJ. A customized mouthguard can protect your teeth while keeping you comfortable.
To learn more about your TMD treatment options in Boulder, CO, contact the office of Dr. Ania at 303-872-9940.