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What happens if I do not get my TMJ treated at 35?

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Dr. James Bates
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
6 doctors agree

In brief: No one knows.

There's no age limit for treating TMJ problems, and what may happen if it's not treated depends on what the problem is, how severe it is, and many other clinical findings.
Most TMJ problems are self-limited....They get better on their own without specific treatment. However, if you've had it awhile (more than six months) it may become a chronic problem. Treatment now may keep it from getting worse.

In brief: No one knows.

There's no age limit for treating TMJ problems, and what may happen if it's not treated depends on what the problem is, how severe it is, and many other clinical findings.
Most TMJ problems are self-limited....They get better on their own without specific treatment. However, if you've had it awhile (more than six months) it may become a chronic problem. Treatment now may keep it from getting worse.
Dr. James Bates
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Dr. Duane Keller
There are many items that may be involved, but if you have a problem within your jaw joint (clicking or popping) it will usually get worse over time. Therefore, it is usually easier and more reliable to treat this at 35 instead of waiting until you are 53.
3 doctors agree

In brief: Vague

Hard to answer without a thorough history and exam. How long have you had the TMJ symptoms, what was the cause (if you know, ) the severity of the symptoms, etc.
I would not wait longer to find out. See a specialist asap.

In brief: Vague

Hard to answer without a thorough history and exam. How long have you had the TMJ symptoms, what was the cause (if you know, ) the severity of the symptoms, etc.
I would not wait longer to find out. See a specialist asap.
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
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Dr. Gary Lederman
Dentistry
3 doctors agree

In brief: No way to know

There is a difference between symptoms resolving and underlying conditions resolving.
Is it enough to be pain free, knowing the sub clinical damage continues? While there is no right or wrong, tooth damage, joint damage, muscle fatigue go on. A very personal choice, so it is important you know the risks.

In brief: No way to know

There is a difference between symptoms resolving and underlying conditions resolving.
Is it enough to be pain free, knowing the sub clinical damage continues? While there is no right or wrong, tooth damage, joint damage, muscle fatigue go on. A very personal choice, so it is important you know the risks.
Dr. Gary Lederman
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Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management

In brief: TMJ/TMD is treatable

The most common musculoskeletal disorder causing orofacial pain is a temporomandibular disorder. Noises from the TMJs are a symptom of dysfunction of these joints.
See an orofacial pain practitioner for diagnosis, prognosis and treatment if needed.

In brief: TMJ/TMD is treatable

The most common musculoskeletal disorder causing orofacial pain is a temporomandibular disorder. Noises from the TMJs are a symptom of dysfunction of these joints.
See an orofacial pain practitioner for diagnosis, prognosis and treatment if needed.
Dr. Paul Grin
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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial

In brief: Depends

Most TMJ problems with "burn out" over time.
So If you're not troubled by your symptoms, not getting treatment will not cause any problems

In brief: Depends

Most TMJ problems with "burn out" over time.
So If you're not troubled by your symptoms, not getting treatment will not cause any problems
Dr. Louis Gallia
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Dr. Duane Keller
Dentistry

In brief: Usually gets worse

Joint problems usually don't correct themselves.
If you have a problem it will need careful and planned diagnosis to find a stable relationship and then treatments to maintain the proven stable position. Try conservative measures first. Without treatment i expect you will find the problems will worsen.

In brief: Usually gets worse

Joint problems usually don't correct themselves.
If you have a problem it will need careful and planned diagnosis to find a stable relationship and then treatments to maintain the proven stable position. Try conservative measures first. Without treatment i expect you will find the problems will worsen.
Dr. Duane Keller
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