Ignoring TMJ will only lead your current pain to worsen. As with any symptom, if you leave it long enough, you could eventually suffer from chronic pain, or worse. It’s suggested that if you’ve been suffering from common symptoms of TMJ for over a month, it’s time to get it checked, because ultimately, they could get progressive worse over time. Not only that, but they also become much harder to correct over time, and could even lead to definitive changes of your nervous system.
If left untreated, here are some of the health concerns you could face:
- Chronic pain
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Migraines, which become more sever and frequent
- Tension-type headaches
- Neck pain
Let’s look at the results of being stubborn
Since TMJ is interconnected with many systems throughout the body, it has the propensity to affect various aspects of your overall health. Therefore, ear-ringing or migraines are generally misdiagnosed, understandably, as merely migraines; but the root cause of a vast percentage of these conditions can be Temporomandibular Joint disorder.
There is a complex relationship between the jaw and other joints, the cranium, the neck, the brain and even the nervous system. You can clearly imagine the possible range of issues ignoring TMJ disorder can present.
Degeneration of the joint is common if left untreated and sometimes the only option left is a complete joint replacement, a highly skilled costly treatment that very few can deliver. Early treatment on the other hand does not require surgery in 95% of cases and is a fraction of the cost of joint replacement. It also has the assurance of a longer lifespan for the healthy temporomandibular joint. Keep in mind that whatever your symptoms are presently, they usually worsen without treatment.
Symptoms vary from patient to patient. It is therefore essential that you make contact with professionals, such as the unique combined approach of a dentist and chiropractor that deliver a holistic treatment for TMJ.
Make an appointment today and find out what the root cause of your problem is and discover the various treatment options available to suit your lifestyle. Call (03) 9417 4038 today.