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Issues with the Temporomandibular Joint - Park Ridge Dentistry

TMJ, also known as temporomandibular joint, are the hinge joints which attach the jawbone to the skull. These joints can be the source of oral and facial discomfort for people who suffer from temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJD), an issue that affects the jaw and facial muscles.

The causes of temporomandibular joint dysfunction can include deterioration, shifting, or damage to the shock absorbing disk or cartilage which helps protect the bones that interact with the joint. The joint can also be damaged due to an injury sustained by the patient. Oftentimes, however, the actual cause of temporomandibular joint dysfunction is unknown.

Symptoms of TMJ dysfunction can include tension or tenderness in the jaw or surrounding area (most specifically the joints themselves), difficulty opening the mouth, clicking sounds when opening or closing the mouth, difficulty chewing, aching or tired feeling in the face, swelling, toothaches, headaches, dizziness, earaches, ringing in the ears, and even hearing issues.

Treatment Options

If a patient is diagnosed with temporomandibular joint dysfunction, the issue may resolve itself without any kind of treatment. However, in many cases people require some kind of assistance to relieve their symptoms and discomfort.

The treatment options for temporomandibular dysfunction include medications, botox treatments, physical therapies, device assistance, and finally surgery.

At a dental office, if a patient is diagnosed with temporomandibular joint dysfunction, the dentist will use their best judgment when deciding on the most appropriate treatment method. Each individual is different; therefore, what works for one patient may not work for another.

Some frequently used treatment methods include mouth guards, Botox injections, muscle relaxers, pain medication, anti-inflammatory drugs, etc.

Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction in Park Ridge, IL

If you are experiencing symptoms that match up with those experienced by patients suffering from temporomandibular joint dysfunction, you should visit a dentist to determine the cause and seek treatment.

At Beyond Smiles of Park Ridge, when a patient comes in complaining of such symptoms, we look into the patient’s medical history, evaluate their symptoms, thoroughly examine their jaw, bite, and facial muscle function. Dental x-rays may be taken to check for irregularities and get a better look at the jawbone, as well.

If you think you might be suffering from TMJ, contact Beyond Smiles to schedule an appointment with a dentist who has experience working on TMJ in Park Ridge, Illinois. Our team is here to help.

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