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Posted on 5/15/2019 by Dr. Chad Rebhun
|Temporomandibular Joint Disorder is a condition that affects many people. For some it is a minor inconvenience that only affects them occasionally. For others, TMJ is a condition that affects the things they do every day and that has a major impact on their quality of life.
There are also plenty of people that fall in between the two extremes. There are ways to treat TMJ, but a person has to decide when they need treatment or when they can make the adjustments in their life so the TMJ does not affect them.
Pain is Not a Constant
One of the things that people often misunderstand about TMJ is that the pain is not always present. The severity of the pain or discomfort will also vary. There are times when people will suffer from the symptoms of TMJ and there are other times a person forgets they suffer from it.
There are things and activities that can aggravate and intensify the pain and discomfort from TMJ. It is possible for some people to learn the things that aggravate the condition and avoid them. This helps them manage their TMJ and they may not need to actually seek out treatment for it. As long as it is possible to manage the pain or discomfort from TMJ, it is not always necessary to get treatment.
When to Seek Dental Treatment
The time to seek treatment for TMJ is when it begins to interfere with everyday life. If the pain is a constant problem or if your jaw locks and limits your ability to do things you normally do more often than you can deal with. It is a good idea to seek out treatment options. There are plenty of ways to treat TMJ that do not require any major procedures. The best way to find out what to do about your TMJ is by having a discussion with our dental office.
For more information about this or any other oral health issue, contact our office to schedule an appointment.