Have you found that your jaw seems to feel sore during the day or that you suffer from unexplained discomfort like chronic headaches? One of the benefits of visiting us for care is that we can take a closer look at your oral structures to uncover problems you may not even realize are related to dental care. One serious problem that often remains undetected is TMJ disorder – or poorly functioning jaw joints. Fortunately, we offer TMJ treatment to alleviate discomfort, while protecting long-term oral health. Wondering if this applies to you? Learn more:
About TMJ Disorder
Commonly known as “TMD,” this disorder affects many patients who often have no idea why they are suffering from discomfort. To help you determine whether TMJ disorder is affecting your daily life, look over the following common symptoms that point to a need for TMJ treatment:
You suffer from consistent – possibly daily – headaches
Your jaw tends to hurt, feel sore or tender, click, pop, or make other obvious noises
You suffer from difficulty with chewing
You hear a ringing sound in your ears
Your teeth feel quite sensitive to extremes in temperatures
Opening your mouth all the way is challenging or impossible
You face feels sore
Your top and bottom teeth do not seem to fit together comfortably when you bite down – or, your bite appears to have changed
Do You Need Treatment?
TMD can affect you immediately by causing discomfort and in the long run by damaging your jaw joints and the surrounding supportive tissues and structures, like ligaments and muscles. Speak with us about our TMJ treatment options, which may include a night guard or bite improvement, to achieve daily and long-term comfort.
ABOUT YOUR LAKE FOREST 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 residents of Lake Bluff, Chicago, Libertyville, Gurnee, Highland Park, Vernon hills, Winnetka, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Bannockburn, Ravinia, and all surrounding communities in the Chicago Metro area. . To schedule a consultation, call our office today at (847) 234-0517.