Are Your Symptoms Interfering with Daily Activities?
You should seek professional care for your TMJ if your symptoms interfere with daily activities. Usually, TMJ interference comes in the form of:
- Excessive pain
- Limited jaw motion
- Locked jaw
If your TMJ causes such excessive pain that you can’t go about your daily life, it’s time to seek treatment. This includes when pain doesn’t respond to recommended doses of OTC pain relievers. Don’t take more than the dose on the label without talking to your doctor first.
Jaw motion might be limited because you can’t physically move your jaw or because of the pain jaw movement causes. If your jaw locks up, seek immediate help. Don’t try to force your jaw open or closed, as this can cause permanent traumatic damage. Instead, get a dentist or assistant to help release your locked jaw safely.
Most transient cases of TMJ pass relatively quickly under proper home care. If you do home care for more than seven days and still experience TMJ symptoms, it’s time to see a dentist. This is approximate. If symptoms are reducing but not resolved by the seventh day, you might wait another day or two.
It’s also important to contact a dentist if symptoms go away and recur regularly. If TMJ only recurs once every few years, it might not be necessary to get treatment. However, if it recurs every few months or if the intervals between symptoms are getting shorter, it’s time to contact a neuromuscular dentist.
Traumatic Damage from TMJ
TMJ can be a progressive condition and it’s important to get care early to keep the condition from worsening. You should seek professional care if your TMJ is causing you to grind, chip, or crack your teeth. If sudden or irregular jaw movement makes your jaw feel like it isn’t fitting together right, it’s a good idea to seek care.
You should also seek professional care if your jaw is making a grinding sound when chewing or talking.
TMJ Treatment in Wilmington, DE
If you are looking for TMJ care in Wilmington, DE, Dr. Michael T. Rosen can help. Dr. Rosen trained in treating TMJ with neuromuscular dentistry at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dentistry, where he achieved the esteemed rank of LVI Fellow.
Please call (302) 994-0979 or use our online contact form to schedule an appointment with Dr. Rosen in Wilmington, DE.