TMJ Disorder Frequently Asked Questions
Question: What is TMJ disorder?
Answer: Our temporomandibular joints connect the jaw to the skull. Without these joints, eating and speaking would be impossible. TMJ disorder develops when the jaw joints become strained. Eventually, TMD can make opening and closing your mouth difficult.
Question: What causes TMD?
Answer: A variety of factors can lead to jaw joint stress, including trauma, malocclusion, and even teeth grinding.
Question: How do I know if I suffer from TMJ disorder?
Answer: Patients with TMJ disorder report a litany of similar symptoms, including: Headaches, earaches, tinnitus, jaw pain, popping or cracking in the jaw, neck aches, and shoulder discomfort. Patients who also grind their teeth may experience tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures and persistent toothaches.
Question: What treatment options do my Park Ridge IL dentists offer for TMJ disorder?
Answer: Treatment options range from lifestyle changes to custom-made oral appliances. Some patients may need to perform muscle exercises and avoid eating hard and chewy foods, which require repetitive chewing motions that can exacerbate the problem. A warm compress also helps ease jaw joint tension. Your Park Ridge IL dentists may also provide a device similar to a night guard. This oral appliance repositions the jaw to relieve malocclusion and prevents the upper and lower teeth from touching, ending teeth grinding episodes.
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