Nearly all of our patients who have a TMJ disorder come in complaining of some kind of pain. But each case presents differently. While “jaw pain” may seem like the most common type of pain for TMD patients, the condition can cause a wide range of other painful symptoms, including:
• Pain in the jaw or face after eating or chewing gum
• Facial pain or jaw pain that gets worse after talking or during stress
• Headaches, jaw pain, or tooth pain upon waking in the morning
• Headaches without a clear cause, especially near the temples, eyes, and back of the head
• Ear pain
• Pain in the neck, back, and shoulders
• General pain in the jaw or facial muscles that spreads to the teeth
The difference with TMD pain is that it doesn’t just go away with the help of a pain reliever. While medication can be help, it’s only a short-term solution.
When Will the Pain Go Away?
If you have a TMJ disorder, it’s likely that your TMJ is irritated, inflamed, and/or injured. Without addressing the issue, expect the pain to continue.
How long a patient has already suffered from the pain can also influence how likely the pain will continue. Usually, acute problems (like tooth grinding for a day or two during a period of high stress that quickly goes away) will resolve within a few days or weeks. But, if joint pain has existed for years already, it may take longer to treat and fix.
Customized Treatment for TMJ Disorders
The key to successful TMD treatment is creating a personalized, individual plan that is customized to each patient. There is no one-size-fits-all solution to TMD pain relief. But, we have found that addressing the root causes of TMD and developing a treatment plan that the patient can follow is the most important step to pain relief and improved quality of life.
Many of our patients regret waiting so long to seek treatment because they finally have relief. Conversely, we’ve not had a patient yet who wished they had lived with the symptoms longer!
Consider whether TMJ symptoms are interfering with your life. Is it time to call Pasadena Pain Management?
If so, I encourage you to pick up the phone and call Pasadena Pain Management for a FREE TMJ consultation. You can also schedule an appointment online.
About Pasadena Pain Management
Pasadena Pain Management offers sleep apnea and pain management treatment for TMJ/TMD, migraine, headaches and neck pain in Pasadena, CA. Our office is conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Pasadena Pain Management, we offer the exclusive TruDenta treatment therapy — a highly specialized form of care that involves cutting-edge dental technology, without needles or injections. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable pain management care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping our patients happy and pain free.