Posts Categorized: TMJ Disorder

Treating TMJ Could Relieve Your Tiredness

man with jaw pain tmj treatment

There is nothing quite like a good night’s sleep to improve your attitude and your outlook on the world. But what happens when you wake up in the morning still feeling exhausted? Few things are as important to your overall health as getting adequate rest each night, which is why anything interfering with your quality… Read more »

Treating Those Affected By TMJ Dysfunction And Dental Damage

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 disorder (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, Jaw Pain, and the Mysteries of TMJ Disorder

woman suffering from a migraine

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 nausea associated with migraines, statistics probably do not matter. You only want… Read more »

Fully Recovering From TMJ Troubles

Jaw problems can lead to recurring pains that impact your daily life, as well as limitations to your dental function that can make eating and speaking uncomfortable, or difficult. When a person develops TMJ troubles, they can experience symptoms that hurt the quality of their life. If you have TMJ issues that include a habit… Read more »

How Can You Tell if You Have TMJ Disorder?

TMJ disorder, which affects the temporomandibular joints (TMJs) that connect your lower jaw to your skull, can make opening and closing your mouth difficult and lead to a host of dental problems. The trouble with TMJ disorder, besides its discomfort, is its wide variety of symptoms that can make the condition difficult to diagnosis. Some… Read more »

Can Your Dentist Help Put A Stop To Your Chronic Headaches?

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 »

Assessing Your Jaw Health and Function

Unlike the well-known dental diseases tooth decay and gum disease, the presence of TMJ disorder is not always straight-forward to detect. While the dysfunction occurs among your jaw’s joints and muscles, the discomfort is often manifested as chronic severe headaches and earaches, as well as a number of other dental disorders like bruxism and damaged… Read more »

A Close Look at TMJ Disorder

Many patients endure for years under the constant hindrance of chronic aches and pains. Often, unsuccessful diagnosis and treatment can add stress to the discomfort. Many people are surprised to learn that headaches, earaches, neck soreness, and shoulder pains (among many others) are the result of a jaw dysfunction known as TMJ disorder. Though the… Read more »

Could You Need TMJ Treatment?

Could You Need TMJ Treatment?

Do you frequently wake up with headaches, or struggle with jaw pain throughout the day? Does yawning create a great deal of pain? Hear a popping noise in your ear when you open your mouth? These are all symptoms often brought about a condition known simply as TMJ, a disorder of the Temporomandibular Joint, which… Read more »

Are You Suffering from TMJ?

Suffering from TMJ Pain?

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 of TMJ, or Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction, as dentists call it. This is… Read more »

Could TMJ Treatment Help You?

Could TMJ Treatment Help You?

Have you been waking up to headaches? Do you have to stop during meals, because of severe jaw pain or tenderness? Have you heard popping noises in your ear, lately? Did you know that these are all symptoms of TMJ, which stands for Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction. TMJ can be a troubling condition, and one that… Read more »

What You Need to Know About TMJ Disorder

Your teeth and gums are a major focus of your hygiene routine and general dental care. However, your jaw’s bones, joints, and muscles are also vital to your smile’s integrity and your bite’s ability to function. Like tooth decay and gum disease, jaw dysfunctions can also disrupt your good oral health, and place other elements… Read more »

Relief for Your 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 »

Lake Forest Dentist Explains Bruxism: Grinding and Clenching Teeth

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. Stress, anxiety, an abnormal bite, and misaligned teeth are some reasons people grind and clench their teeth.  Because many people grind their teeth at night, they are… 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 with Your Lake Forest Dentist

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 »

Lake Forest Dentist Answers 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 an 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 »

Does TMJ Disorder Cause Your Migraines?

National Migraine Awareness Month If you or someone you know suffers from migraine headaches, you know that the pain can be debilitating. In fact, according to the National Headache Foundation, half of people surveyed with migraine headaches report that their headaches cause them to miss work and school. Even worse, 24% of those surveyed have… 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

What is bruxism? Bruxism is a serious dental health condition. Grinding your teeth can create tiny lesions on your tooth enamel. Even though enamel is harder than platinum, this outer surface will begin to erode with severe grinding pressure over extended periods. Sufferers of bruxism wear down their enamel by clenching their jaw during the… Read more »

Why Biting Your Nails is Bad for Your Health

More Than Just a Nervous Habit Almost everyone has a nervous habit. Some people continually adjust their clothing, some women twirl their hair, and others bite their nails. While some nervous habits are harmless, some habits, like the latter can be detrimental to your health. Nail Biting Spreads Bacteria If you remember your mother telling… 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 »

How Stress Affects the Teeth

If you’re under a lot of stress, it’s important to relax your body as soon as possible to avoid damaging your teeth from long-term anxiety habits. A simple soak in the tub and a visit to Dr. Fondriest can help calm your body to relieve your painful behaviors. How Stress Affects Your Mouth Stress and… 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

Many people grind or clench their teeth 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 involuntary action if… Read more »

Chronic Headaches? Could Be TMJ!

You may have heard about TMJ disorder, but did you know that this jaw problem can cause earaches, headaches, tingling fingers, and even chronic migraines? Your TMJs, or temporomandibular joints, connect your jaw to your skull, just below your ears. These hinge joints allow motion of the mouth, so the jaw can move back and… Read more »