Can TMJ Go Away On Its Own?

The temporomandibular joint, the hinge that lets your jaw move, can become painful or malfunction for many reasons. This common condition affects many people, and some may see symptoms resolved without treatment. However, not all TMJ resolves by itself. If your jaw pain continues to bother you, we recommend seeking help.

*Individual results may vary

What is TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder)?

TMJ stands for “temporomandibular joint,” a joint where the lower jaw meets the skull. This joint acts as a hinge, but it can become damaged or inflamed. Disorders of the TMJ can have symptoms such as:

  • Jaw pain
  • Muscle pain
  • Difficulty opening your mouth
  • A grinding, popping, or clicking sensation when moving the jaw
  • Headaches

Since you have one joint on each side of your head, you may experience pain on one or both sides. This condition has many causes, including tooth grinding, genetics, and arthritis. The proper treatment will depend on your underlying causes and the best way to address them. 

Can TMJ Go Away On Its Own?

Since TMJ has many causes, it may or may not go away. This condition sometimes goes away in as little as two to three weeks. It can also last indefinitely if not treated. If your TMJ has lasted longer than a few weeks, is painful, or impacts your quality of life, you should see a maxillofacial specialist to develop a treatment plan. TMJ can usually be resolved or managed with the right treatments.

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How is TMJ Treated?

Treating TMJ requires a specialist who can take the time to develop a plan that works for you. Some people may benefit from one treatment method, while others may achieve more relief with a combination of treatments


Acetaminophen and NSAIDs like ibuprofen are often effective in reducing TMJ pain. Prescription anti-inflammatories can be used for arthritis or other joint pain. People with muscle pain, especially those who clench or grind their teeth, may benefit from muscle relaxers. 

Non-Surgical Options

You have a wide range of non-surgical options to treat your TMJ. These include trigger point therapy, massage, or physical therapy to relax painful muscles. You have many options available to help with tooth grinding. You may benefit from behavioral changes such as breaking habits of chewing on objects or learning to manage stress. 


Surgical options are used when other treatment methods have not been successful. Several types of surgery can help TMJ, including jaw realignment or dental work. Your surgeon can also remove cartilage discs that can slip out of place. This is usually done through a small incision but may occasionally require an open procedure.

Professional staff, quality care during both of my visits, and a beautiful facility. Dr. Neill was great and super efficient. He even took the time to call me later after my surgery to see how I was doing. Can’t get better then that! Will definitely recommend.
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If you have further questions about TMJ, we encourage you to schedule a consultation at Faces Fort Worth. Call us at (817) 927-1818 or fill out our online contact form. We look forward to taking care of you.

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