TMJ, also known as TMD, is a type of disorder that causes pain and dysfunction of the temporomandibular jaw joint. Patients with TMD can feel jaw pain or myofascial (muscle) pain in the face. Sometimes this discomfort goes away on its own, but more often than not, long-term painful dental symptoms develop as a result of TMD.
Dr. Nechama Brand and Dr. Abraham Stein are Chicago, Illinois dentists who can help diagnose and treat mild cases of TMD. Treating TMD alleviates jaw and facial pain and can restore your smile after tooth damage. Learn how damage to the temporomandibular jaw joint can be treated below:
Causes and Symptoms of TMD
Causes of TMD may include:
- An uneven bite
- Joint damage from an injury
- Cartilage damage from arthritis
- Any injury to the joint area
There are also multiple common signs of TMD:
- Jaw popping or clicking
- Teeth clenching or grinding
- Facial pain
- Severe toothaches
- Difficulty chewing
- Migraines or headaches
Health problems with similar symptoms may co-exist with TMJ disorders, including chronic fatigue syndrome, sleep disturbances, and fibromyalgia. Bruxism, or teeth clenching and grinding, is one of the most common symptoms of TMD that is a risk factor for muscle pain in the face. If you wake up with jaw pain or suffer from frequent headaches, you may have bruxism. Please contact our office for a consultation, where we will help you address facial pain.
We recommend that patients eat soft foods, use ice packs, and take pain medications if they have mild TMD. If teeth are worn down, broken, or damaged from TMJ, we offer dental crowns, porcelain veneers, and tooth bonding that also protect teeth and improve their appearance. In the most severe cases where teeth are too worn or broken to work effectively dental implants, dental bridges or dentures may be needed.
Contact Our Chicago, IL Dental Office
Do you suffer from frequent migraines, jaw popping, or teeth clenching and grinding? Call Premier Dental today for TMD diagnosis and treatment at 312.481.6859. You can also request a consultation with Dr. Brand and Dr. Stein on our website.