Posts Categorized: TMJ Disorder

TMJ Dysfunction

TMJ Dysfunction

Problems with your bite can cause great discomfort. Allowing those issues to linger and not addressing them in a timely fashion, can lead to additional disruptions to your health. Millions suffer from TMJ Dysfunction (temporomandibular disorder). So, for the help you need with your TMJ issues, Dr. James Fondriest of Lake Forest Dental Arts in… Read more »

Posture and TMJ Disorder: Improve Your Posture to Relieve Symptoms of TMJ Disorder

woman demonstrating good vs bad posture

If your mother drove you crazy with constant demands to “sit up straight”…you should thank her. Whether Mom knew the full effect of posture or not, the truth is, bad posture can be bad for your physical and mental health. Turns out, having a straight spine and correct alignment body can even help relieve symptoms… Read more »

Migraines and TMJ

woman suffering from a migraine

Have you wondered if your headaches are caused by migraines or TMJ? If you suffer frequent headaches, you are not alone. The World Health Organization estimates that about 50% of adults (18-65) worldwide suffer from headache disorders. Of those who reported having headaches, about 30% had migraines.1 If you frequently experience the debilitating pain and… Read more »

Fully Recovering From TMJ Troubles

Recovering From TMJ

Do you frequently find yourself struggling with discomfort along your jaw, or even pain when chewing? If so, have you considered that it could be related to temporamandibular joint dysfunction, or as it is more commonly called, TMJ? Jaw problems can lead to recurring pains that impact your daily life, as well as limitations to your dental… Read more »

Address your teeth grinding habit

Teeth grinding habit

Experiencing frequent headaches can be frustrating, inconvenient, and – of course – uncomfortable. One reason some patients will experience regular discomfort is because of TMJ disorder. When you have issues with your jaw joints, the discomfort can reach your neck, your face, and your head. If you grind your teeth as a result of TMJ… Read more »

Relief from TMJ

Relief from TMJ

Are you looking for relief from your TMJ? Your temporomandibular joints, or TMJs, are the joints that connect your lower jaw to your skull, and are the most used joints in your entire body. To continue operating properly with minimal impact on your teeth and jaw, your smile should be evenly balanced. This allows your… Read more »

Are You Suffering from TMJ?

Suffering from TMJ Pain?

50% of the american population is suffering from some manifestation of TMJ. Do you wake up in the morning with discomfort in your jaw? Do you suffer from frequent headaches? What about ear popping? Has chewing become difficult, because of tightness as you open your mouth? Did you know these are all common warning signs… Read more »

Relief for Your Jaw Pain

Relief for Jaw Pain

Have you been waking up with headaches, and feeling unrested? Maybe you have noticed a popping sound when you open your mouth wide, or a ringing in your ears. Are your teeth suddenly extra sensitive to cold foods and beverages? These may seem like unrelated annoyances, but they are actually common symptoms of temporal mandibular… Read more »

TMJ Disorder Cause: A Quiz

Dealing with the symptoms and frustrating side effects of a disorder is truly a challenge. When it comes to TMJ disorder, for instance, most patients find that the jaw popping, occasionally jaw locking, and the different types of associated discomfort present a serious daily struggle. However, what is not so cut and dry in most… Read more »

Is Your Malocclusion Causing Headaches?

Do you get frequent headaches? Headaches are a common malady. One in every eight Americans suffer recurring headaches. According to research, 80 percent of those headaches are caused by muscular tension. But did you know that your tension headache may be coming from your teeth and jaw?  Today, we discuss how your teeth can be… Read more »

What Your Oral Health Can Tell You

Your body is made up of many different systems. But no one system exists in and of itself. Each system is dependent on the others. For instance, your brain (nervous system) tells your heart to beat (circulatory system). Our muscles, skin, and organs rely on our skeletal system (our bones) to hold them up, but… Read more »

Do You Suffer from TMJ Disorder?

  Did you know that TMD disorder, or TMJ, affects over ten million people in the United States alone? Jaw strain that results in TMJ disorder can lead to a number of uncomfortable symptoms. Without treatment, TMJ disorder may make eating and even yawning difficult. Fortunately,  Dr. James Fondriest, offers the experience and knowledge necessary… Read more »

What is Bruxism?

bruxism patient

What is bruxism and do I have it? Many people clench and grind their teeth occasionally, which causes little harm. However, frequent teeth grinding, medically called bruxism, can damage teeth and lead to other health complications. Many people suffer with bruxism without even realizing it. Stress, anxiety, an abnormal bite, and misaligned teeth are some reasons people… Read more »

Popping Jaw Exercises

A popping jaw is typically an indication of temporomandibular joint disorder (or TMD). This jaw dysfunction is oftentimes characterized by its unique symptoms, which include a popping or clicking jaw alongside back, neck, and even shoulder pain. However, as uncomfortable as this disorder is, a few at-home exercises can help improve symptoms and alleviate the… Read more »

Foods that make TMJ worse

Do you have temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder? Then this article may prove beneficial for you. TMJ disorder is a serious condition that affects the joint in your jaw. This causes patients great discomfort and pain, which is why managing it is incredibly important. Part of managing TMJ disorder is watching your diet. There are certain… Read more »

Popping Jaw Causes and Remedies with Your Lake Forest IL Dentist

How often has this happened to you? You’re sitting down, about to take a bite of your favorite hamburger or piece of sushi and, as you open your mouth, you hear a familiar popping or clicking sound in your jaw. Even if it doesn’t cause any pain, that loud popping noise can be disconcerting and,… Read more »

Understand TMD

Dysfunctional temporomandibular joints (TMJ) can cause pain in so many different areas that you and your doctor could easily misdiagnose the problem. Radiant pain from a TMJ disorder (TMD) usually remains localized around the jaw, ear, neck, and shoulders. Sometimes, you can feel symptoms of TMD in your back or legs. Because TMD sends unpleasant sensations to… Read more »

Lake Forest Dentist: TMD and Earaches

  Do you experience frequent TMJ earaches or a constant ringing in your ears? Have common over-the-counter pain remedies failed to solve the problem? Your earache might be a sign of a far more serious condition. Lake Forest cosmetic dentist, Dr. James Fondriest, explains the symptoms of TMJ disorder, also known as TMD, and treatment… Read more »

TMD and Headaches FAQs

Our previous post explained the connection between temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder and neck pain. A TMJ disorder (TMD) causes soreness throughout the upper body, and can negatively impact your shoulders, upper back, and ears. Although a headache could come from an ear infection, TMJ may be the reason for your headaches and pains. When you hear… Read more »

Neck pain and tooth grinding – Easing Neck Pain

  Many people in America suffer from neck pain and tooth grinding. Over-the-counter pain relievers seem to do little, and the cause of their aches remains a mystery. Constant pains in the neck, head, or face, could be a sign of more serious disorder called TMD or TMJ. Your Lake Forest dentist, Dr. James Fondriest,… Read more »

Lake Forest Dentist Discusses Diagnosing TMJ Dysfunction

TMJ refers to the tempromandibular joints that lay in either side of your face, where the jaw connects to the skull. Nestled within the joint is a cartilage disc that allows for full articulation of the jaw. Healthy TMJ function lets you to open and close your jaw with a smooth gliding motion. Any disruption… Read more »

Chicago Area Dentist Connects Bone, Joint Health, and Dental Health

In October, the U.S. Bone and Joint Initiative (USBJI) celebrates Bone and Joint Health National Awareness Week. The USBJI explains that in the U.S. population over 18 years of age, nearly half experience musculoskeletal, or bone and joint, conditions. Examples include back pain, arthritis, traumatic injuries, osteoporosis, and childhood bone and joint disorders. People are… Read more »

Tannins and Your TMJ

Our teeth are most affected by the food and drink that enter our mouths, but the intricate details of this process often escape us. At Lake Forest Dental Arts we like to keep our patients informed, so today we’ll discuss how tannins, a common element in many beverages, can cause pain in your temporomandibular joint… Read more »

Lake Forest Dentist: Three Problems Associated with TMJ Disorder

  Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder is a painful condition with symptoms that include severe headaches, sensitive teeth, ear pain, muscle soreness, and difficulty opening and closing the jaw comfortably. The TMJs hold your bottom jaw to your top jaw. When problems develop in these joints, they can cause TMJ disorder. Various causes of the disorder… Read more »

Straight Smiles are Not Just for Aesthetics

Most people associate a straightened smile with a cosmetic enhancement. While nicely aligned teeth improve your image, correct bite alignment is better for your smile in more ways than one. Lake Forest cosmetic dentist, Dr. Fondriest is here to explain how evenly spaced teeth allow for better oral hygiene than crowded, crooked, or misaligned teeth…. Read more »

Causes of Bruxism | Teeth Grinding

You may not realize it as you occasionally grind your teeth together, but the habit of doing so could be a potentially serious dental issue. Most people clench their jaws and grit their teeth when under extreme pressure or physical strain, or when experiencing a strong negative emotion, like anger. However, many people chronically grind… Read more »

Relieve Stress and Treat TMJ Disorder in Chicago

April is designated as an awareness month for many different health conditions, such as Autism Awareness, STD Awareness, and Parkinson’s Awareness, to name a few. April also creates awareness for a common American condition: stress. Today is National Stress Awareness day. Over half of Americans said they are concerned about their level of stress in… Read more »

Your Chicago Dentist Discusses How TMJ Affects Your Dental Health

In past blogs, we discussed TMJ dysfunction and TMJ disorder symptoms. TMJ disorder is a common condition that varies in severity from patient to patient. The most noticeable TMJ symptoms produce discomfort and pain in the face, neck, jawbones, and the ears. However, teeth grinding (bruxism) is often interrelated with TMJ dysfunction. Bruxism is best… Read more »

Information on TMJ Disorders From Your Chicago Dentist

Did you know that 15% of Americans suffer from severe facial pain? Our team has found that over half of our patients exhibit symptoms of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. TMJ dysfunction disrupts the natural and harmonious movement of the facial bones, muscles, and ligaments. Dr. James Fondriest holds extensive experience with diagnosing and treating TMJ… Read more »

Patient Testimonial: TMJ Headaches

“After 3 years of chronic TMJ pain, various treatments (such as biofeedback, physical therapy, and massage therapy), and countless doctors, I started to just accept that my headache and neck ache pain was always going to be a part of me. However, like all good stories, just when I had accepted my fate, my story… Read more »

Many People Grind or Clench Their Teeth

Do you grind or clench your teeth? Many people do unconsciously.  Whether awake or asleep, this difficult-to-break habit, officially known as bruxism, can have detrimental effects on not only your teeth, but also your overall health. Breaking the habit while awake is not as serious as when asleep because—of course—it’s nearly impossible to break an… Read more »

Chronic Headaches and Non-Restful Sleep

Chronic headaches and non-restful sleep

Do you grind your teeth frequently? If you do it chronically, it can cause earaches, chronic headaches, tingling fingers, and even  migraines. Aggressive grinding of teeth is very common and can cause the muscles of the jaw to build up lactic acid and become sore. the temporal muscles are often the most common teeth  grinding… Read more »