Can TMJ go away on its own?
Some patients only experience teeth grinding and TMJ problems during particularly stressful points in their lives, and their symptoms disappear afterward. For others, TMJ and its symptoms show up semi-regularly or are a constant problem. If you wake up with jaw pain or soreness, even on a semi-regular basis, we recommend seeking treatment for it. You may not need to wear your mouthguard every single night, but it’s always better to have it on hand than to risk damaging your teeth, gums, or jawbone.
What happens if TMJ is left untreated?
The jaw muscles are some of the strongest muscles in the human body. When the teeth clench and grind together on a nightly basis, it can cause serious damage to the teeth and cause the gums to recede. In serious cases, jawbone damage can occur, and surgery may become necessary. Continual clenching can also cause limited mobility of the jaw, and patients may find themselves unable to open their mouths very much at all. We always recommend that patients schedule a consultation with our office sooner rather than later.