More than 15 percent of adults in the United States suffer from some form of chronic facial pain, and about 50 percent of our patients exhibit signs or symptoms of temporomandibular joint (TMJ, or jaw joints) disorder. We’ll descrube the symptoms of TMD, also called temporomandibular joint dysfunction, so you can understand if you suffer from the issue. And we’ll explain the treatment that Dr. James Fondriest offers to treat TMD.
What Are the Symptoms of TMJ Disorder?
Symptoms that commonly occur when you suffer from TMJ disorder include:
- Facial Pain
- Jaw Pain
- Popping or Clicking of Jaw Joints
- Trouble Chewing
- Inability to Completely Open or Close Mouth
- Discomfort or Change in Bite
- Sensitive Teeth
- Bruxusm (Clenching or Grinding Teeth)
- Neck Ache
What Causes TMJ Disorder?
A variety of issues can cause TMD, including:
- Trauma or Injury to the Chin, Jaw, or TMJ
- Missing Back Teeth
- Poor Tooth or Jaw Alignment
- Wisdom Teeth
- Poor Dental Treatment
What Is the Treatment for TMJ Disorder?
Dr. Fondriest has helped many of his patients who suffer from TMD. He focuses on providing the most conservative treatment possible while achieving maximum comfort and restoration of normal jaw function. Some patients have found complete relief, while those with more advanced TMD have been able to manage their pain.
With each patient, Dr. Fondriest determines the proper course of action depending on how severe and progressive the condition is. He might prescribe a nighguard to prevent bruxism at night and help the jaw muscles relax and recuperate. But some patients require more intensive treatment, which may include dental restorations.
If you suffer from TMD, Dr. Fondriest can help you. He has extensive training in TMJ treatment from the highly esteemed L.D. Pankey Institute. Call our Lake Forest, IL, dental practice today at 847-234-0517 today.