Do you experience frequent 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 options.
What is TMJ Disorder?
Whenever you chew or talk, you use your temporomandibular joints. These joints connect your jaw to your skull and are responsible for all jaw movement. TMD occurs when the joints are irritated or misaligned. Usually, extra strain has been put on the jaw muscles, and the results are headaches, a popping sound in the jaw, and of course, chronic earaches. A ringing in the ears, commonly referred to as tinnitus, is a regular symptom of TMD.
What Causes TMD?
The most common cause of TMD is bruxism, or teeth grinding. People under stress sometimes grind or clench their teeth at night, which strains the muscles and over time, damages their teeth. A misaligned jaw is major factor as well.
Treatment from Your Lake Forest Dentist
If bruxism is the cause of your TMJ pain, patients should find ways to eliminate or properly deal with stress and anxiety. To ease the overworked temporomandibular joints, avoid chewing ice or gum. The repetitive chewing motions only exacerbate the symptoms of TMD.
When TMD becomes especially severe, your Lake Forest dentist, Dr. Fondriest, provides patients with treatment options. Dr. Fondriest received training for treating TMD from the renowned L.D. Pankey Institute. At Lake Forest Dental Arts, we offer remedies such as oral appliance therapy. A nightguard, worn while the patient sleeps, keeps upper and lower teeth from touching and stops painful teeth grinding.
Patients with TMD often endure serious damage to their teeth. Their teeth end up chipped, cracked, or sometimes worn or broken. Often, teeth are worn to the point the sensitive dentin is exposed. Dr. Fondriest uses the latest restorative dentistry, including porcelain crowns, tooth-colored fillings, and dental bridges, to repair teeth.
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