Chicago Dentist Discusses the Link Between Fibromyalgia and TMJ Disorder

Fibromyalgia, a debilitating and painful disorder, has been recently linked to TMJ disorder. According to a published study conducted by the National Institutes of Health, fibromyalgia patients possess a heightened risk for TMJ disorder and related symptoms. Dr. James Fondriest and our team at Lake Forest Dental Arts explain the relationship between fibromyalgia and TMJ disorder and how these ailments can impact a patient’s oral health.

Fibromyalgia Facts

Although the root cause of fibromyalgia is still unknown, some research points to stress, genetic predispositions, and neurological problems as possible triggers for the illness. Patients with fibromyalgia typically experience moderate to chronic pain on a daily basis. In some cases, fibromyalgia pain may mimic the symptoms of arthritis. Unlike arthritis, however, fibromyalgia does not cause degeneration of the joints and surrounding tissues.

TMJ Disorder and Fibromyalgia

The National Institutes of Health reviewed the general health of 60 fibromyalgia patients. Their study concluded that fibromyalgia patients are at an increased risk for TMJ disorder. Almost 70% of the study’s participants reported frequent facial pain near the temporomandibular joints and over 30% of fibromyalgia patients described classic TMJ disorder symptoms such as difficulty opening or closing the mouth, clicking or popping noises from the jaw, and toothaches. The National Institutes of Health recommends that patients diagnosed with fibromyalgia be screened for TMJ dysfunction and seek appropriate treatment.

TMJ Disorder & Your Oral Health

TMJ disorder can compromise your oral health and general wellbeing in a number of ways. TMJ disorder may lead to malocclusions, tooth wear, and affect a patient’s ability to move their mouth properly. Fortunately, Dr. James Fondriest can address TMJ disorder and its effects on a patient’s oral health with comfortable treatments and restorative dentistry. For example, Dr. Fondriest may prescribe a custom oral appliance that correctly positions the lower jaw and relieves strain on the TMJ. Additionally, tooth wear can be addressed with restorations such as dental crowns, onlays, and inlays.

To schedule a TMJ disorder consultation with Dr. Fondriest, contact our Chicago dentist office at (847) 234-0517. We serve patients from Glenview, Winnetka, Highland Park, North Shore, Lake Forest, and the surrounding communities near Chicago.

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