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A 42-year-old male asked:

Had tmj for just over two years. worst symptom is stiffness in front of ear is it realistic to expect it to resolve, does it just take a long time?

5 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Thomas Costello
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 22 years experience
Long term problem: Tmj is a frustrating problem that can cause a variety of symptoms. It is multifactorial and often we are left treating symptoms rather than the underlying issue. If the problem is mostly stiffness, I have found that specialized physical therapy gives tremendous relief.
Dr. John DeWolf
Dentistry 40 years experience
Need a diagnosis: The solution to this relies on a clear understanding of the specific problem. Imaging, history, and clinical evaluation should get you on the pathway to an eventual solution. Modalities may involve therapy as mentioned, bite splints, or even possibly surgery. Go to a tmd focused dentist and try to get a better understanding of your problem.
Dr. Tony Menendez
Prosthodontics 37 years experience
TMJ?: Sounds like tmj. You should have it evaluated and be given options for treatment including physical therapy or a bite guard. It will probably not resolve on its own.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
Depends: Depends on many factors. See a TMJ expert, in this case an oral surgeon who will give you options.
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
See OFP specialist: Orofacial Pain provides diagnosis and management of pain in the face, TMJ disorders, locking jaw as well as, associated headaches and neck pain. They are the experts in this field. Good luck.

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Last updated Sep 28, 2016

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