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 connects the jaw to the cheek. Fortunately, you don’t have to continue struggling with discomfort or pain. Your dentist could likely provide help!
Don’t Ignore That Jaw Pain
It’s important not to ignore any pains in the smile, since most dental issues will only worsen over time, without treatment. This is certainly the case when there is pain along the jawline; it could likely be due to problems with the Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction.
TMJ Disorder can lead to a host of issues, including increasing pain when chewing, worn teeth or eventually infections of the damaged teeth, poor tooth alignment, as well as subconscious teeth grinding, known as bruxism.
How Could a Dentist Help?
If you are diagnosed with TMJ Disorder, sometimes called TMD, the good news is that your dentist could likely help to improve your comfort and to protect your teeth through TMJ treatment. In some cases, TMJ treatment is as simple as having a custom oral appliance created to help prevent further grinding of the teeth at night. Other times, orthodontic treatment could be necessary, in order to help improve the alignment of the teeth. In some cases, restorative treatment may also be necessary to help protect teeth that have become incredibly worn.
If you suspect you could be suffering from TMJ, schedule a consultation with a dentist who specializes in TMJ treatment.
Need TMJ Treatment?
TMJ can impact your entire smile, and make it difficult to chew or even sleep comfortably. You can schedule a TMJ consultation with Dr. Fondriest by calling Lake Forest Dental Arts at (847) 234-0517. We welcome patients from the North Shore area of Chicago, including Winnetka, Highland Park, North Brook, Glenview, and the surrounding communities.