Many people in America suffer from chronic aches and pains in their necks. 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. Your Lake Forest dentist, Dr. James Fondriest, explains TMJ disorder and what you can do to end chronic neck pain.
A Pain in the Neck
Also known as TMD, TMJ disorder affects the temporomandibular joints. These joints are responsible for all movement of the jaw, including chewing and talking. Grinding your teeth, also known as bruxism, or clenching your jaws are common causes of TMD. A misaligned jaw will put extra stress on the jaw joints, many times leading to TMJ disorder. One of the major symptoms of this medical issue is constant neck pain. Patients often experience a clicking or popping sound in the jaw, as well as earaches and migraines or headaches.
Thankfully, a variety of treatment options exist for TMJ disorder. Since teeth grinding usually causes TMD, reduce the amount of stress in your life to help fight bruxism. Studies show stress to be a leading factor in bruxism. Putting a stop to grinding your teeth will ease neck pain and protect your teeth from long-term damage. Also, try to avoid chewimg ice or chewing gum, which require repetitive motions that strain the jaw.
Your Lake Forest cosmetic dentist, Dr. Fondriest, received extensive training on treating TMD, by attending the L. D. Pankey Institute. Dr. Fondriest offers patients a variety of treatments, depending on the severity of their TMD. Nightguards are oral appliances that reposition the jaw, allowing the muscles to relax and teeth grinding to stop. At Lake Forest Dental Arts, Dr. Fondriest and our team provide restorative dentistry procedures to repair the damage caused by TMD-related teeth grinding.
Schedule an Appointment with Your Lake Forest Dentist
Do you think you might suffer from the effects of TMJ disorder? Call today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Fondriest. Contact our 60045 dentist office at (847) 234-0517. We welcome patients from Lake Forest and North Shore suburbs near Chicago, including Winnetka, Highland Park, Northbrook, Northfield, Glenview, Lincolnshire, Deerfield, Lake Bluff, Libertyville, Vernon Hills, Gurnee, Grayslake, and Barrington.