Diagnosing TMJ disorder is very easy even without a specialist because on closing or even opening your mouth there will be a popping sound every time. People with this disorder experience pain whenever they chew, yawn and also move the mouth in any way. The upper jaw is continuous with the skull and that means the lower jaw is independent and to stay in place it is attached to the head by the temporomandibular joint. The joint is massive and powerful but it will allow you to smoothly and comfortably move your lower jaw anywhere you want. The major complaint of people suffering from TMD is the pain. Therefore, you should not sit at home suffering in silence when you are in pain. When in pain, you will not be able to go on with your usual activities well. In addition, do not go for OTC analgesics hoping that the pain will disappear eventually because that will not be the case. The pain can only be alleviated by fixing the joint and that is not something you will be able to do on your own.
Even if you are not a teeth grinder in normal circumstances, TMJ will see you start to do that and this is not a damage you want to lay on yourself. You will cause wear and tear of the teeth which leaves them vulnerable to decay and breakage. In addition, grinding will increase pressure on the joints and jaws which makes the symptoms worse. No one wants ears which are constantly ringing but you will be dealing with that on a daily basis if you have TMJ you have not been treated for and it can disturb your peace. This ends with the fixing of your jaws but if ignored you will be dealing with chronic tinnitus which is not fun.
Not many people enjoy the popping sound caused by TMJ and if you are in public it is even worse. Since the popping cannot be controlled and it will happen everytime you move your jaw, being in public will not be the best experience for you and you might opt to retreat to lonely places. No matter what has happened, you will definitely have to eat and that means having to deal with those sounds whether you are on your own or in public. You will have to eat and speak in public no matter the embarrassment if your job or lifestyle requires that and rather than running away from the problem you need to find a way to have it fixed. You should contact a TMJ clinic for treatment the moment you start experiencing that in order to get on with your life normally.