Did you know that Dr. James Fondriest treats TMJ dysfunction? In fact, he studied at the world renowned Pankey Institute, which provides medical professionals with education to treat temporomandibular joint disorders. Patients with TMJ disorders may experience chronic discomfort and headaches along with tooth wear. The TMJ is a joint located beneath your ears on each side of your face. Every time you speak, chew, yawn, or swallow, the TMJ is used to open and close the mouth. If you have a malocclusion (bad bite), the misalignment of your jawbones may strain your TMJ and facial muscles, causing joint dysfunction.
Common TMJ Symptoms
- Facial Pain – especially around the jaw area
- Chronic headaches
- Neck pain
- Bruxism (teeth grinding)
- Difficulty opening the mouth
- Discomfort when chewing, speaking, and yawning
- Jaw popping or clicking sounds when eating or talking
- Recession of gum tissue
Some patients with TMJ disorder may not experience noticeable symptoms. It is not uncommon for your dentist to notice TMJ dysfunction if he or she finds that you have a malocclusion or signs of tooth wear.
Causes of TMJ Disorders
- Misaligned bite
- Tooth wear
If you believe that you might have TMJ dysfunction, Dr. Fondriest can help. Our staff addresses TMJ disorders with a conservative approach. We aim to improve patient comfort with the most minimally invasive treatments possible. For example, we offer mouth guards that comfortably align the bite. This will relieve the strain on your facial muscles and TMJ. Worn overnight, mouth guards also protect your teeth against further damage from bruxism or clenching.
To schedule an appointment with Lake Forest Dental Arts, contact our Chicago dentist office at (847) 234-0517. We serve patients from Chicago and the surrounding Chicago communities.