How Long Does TMJ Pain Last?

Without question, TMJ problems will lead to pain. And with that pain comes the question, “Will my TMJ pain go away?”

The answer is, “Most likely.”

If you have TMJ, you most likely have irritation and inflammation. Without addressing those issues and healing the jaw joint, the pain and other symptoms will more than likely continue. Each individual will have their own causes and symptoms, so it’s impossible to predict how severe your pain is and how well you can cope with it.

Understanding Pain Relievers and TMJ Pain

Medication can be helpful to temporarily relieve your pain. However, it’s usually only a short-term solution. If the source of addressing the painful symptoms of TMD aren’t identified, usually repeated injury and aggravation to the area will occur – which of course will lead to further pain.

It’s important to note that over-the-counter pain relievers, especially when taken long-term, can have adverse side effects. Taking aspirin, ibuprofen, or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for long periods can lead to stomach problems, kidney problems, high blood pressure, heart problems, and more. Never take NSAIDs for more than a day or two without your doctor’s approval.

Are You Wondering This: “Why Does My Jaw Pain Get Better and Worse?”

In times of stress, illness, or even changes in the weather, symptoms may get worse and then mysteriously fade after a few days or weeks. But then, they usually come back again when the next trigger hits. Additionally, problems such as colds and flu, allergies, and temperature changes can have an effect on your jaw – not to mention things like stress, food choices, and hydration.

This cycle can continue indefinitely if the underlying causes of your TMJ aren’t addressed – which can lead to the next question:

Does My TMJ Pain Need Treatment?

Yes. Like any medical condition, it’s usually not helpful to delay treatment. And since your pain is associated with a problem in your jaw joint, allowing the inflammation and irritation to continue means the joint could be subject to long-term damage.

Instead of living in chronic pain, why not take the first step to TMJ relief and book an appointment with Dr. Cabrera Dental Associates in Houston, TX where a full assessment can be performed and treatment plan established.