Have you been waking up with headaches, and feeling unrested? Maybe you have noticed a popping sound when you open your mouth wide, or a ringing in your ears. Are your teeth suddenly extra sensitive to cold foods and beverages? These may seem like unrelated annoyances, but they are actually common symptoms of temporal mandibular joint dysfunction, or TMJ for short. No oral pain should be ignored or dismissed. Instead you should learn how your dentist could help.
What Can Be Done to Help?
There are a number of potential causes of TMJ disorders, some more obvious than others. If you’ve suffered an injury to your jaw or chin, for instance, it could have caused problems with your jaw’s alignment. In some cases, however, patients’ poor teeth alignment can actually be the cause of jaw pains.
Habitual teeth grinding, chronic clenching of your jaw muscles, or arthritis are other common causes for TMJ. The good news is that regardless of the cause of your jaw discomfort, treatment can help. Depending on the severity of your case, treatment may be relatively minor, for instance wearing a mouth guard as you sleep, to keep your jaw in better alignment and prevent any bruxism, or nighttime teeth grinding. For other patients, more extensive treatment may be necessary, potentially including orthodontic treatment. During a consultation, your dentist can discuss your concerns and recommend a treatment plan that can alleviate your discomfort, and help improve your sleep.
About Your Lake Forest Cosmetic Dentist:
Aside from providing dependable family, general, and restorative dentistry services to our community, Dr. James Fondriest also holds respected academic appointments at the Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, FL, and the Spear Institute in Scottsdale, AZ, and he is an adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics at the University of Florida Dental School. At Lake Forest Dental Arts, Dr. Fondriest combines his impressive array of experience with modern technology and caring, compassionate, knowledgeable staff, and we proudly serve patients from the Greater Chicago Metro Area and all surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at 847-234-0517.