Do you wake up with jaw pain or headaches? This can be the first warning that you have TMD. TMJ stands for Temporomandibular Joint, while TMD stands for Temporomandibular Joint Disorder although people regularly mix up the terms and use them interchangeably. The TMJ connects your lower jaw to your skull and is responsible for all of your mouth’s movements. This includes opening, closing, and chewing. When you have TMD, your TMJ becomes inflamed causing you pain and discomfort when moving your mouth. Fortunately, this is easily treatable from your dentist. At Michael Roessler DDS in Mundelein, IL, we provide our patients with diagnosis and treatment options for TMD.
Symptoms of TMJ/TMD
There are many symptoms associated with Temporomandibular Joint Disorder.
- Pain when opening or closing your mouth
- Lock Jaw when mouth is opened or closed
- Facial Swelling
- Ringing in Ears
- Popping/clicking noise when opening or closing mouth/chewing
- Neck Pain
- Facial Fatigue
Treatment for TMJ/TMD
Treatment options are out there and can be as simple as reducing the stress in your life. Your assessment will begin with Dr. Roessler examining your mouth, jaw, and muscle structure, followed by x-rays or an MRI if necessary. He will be looking for problems with your TMJ as well as be listening for any clicking/popping noises in your mouth. He will ask you to help him determine the cause of your TMD. It can be caused from stress, clenching/grinding your teeth at night, or an irregular bite. Your treatment will either be a mouth guard, or restorative work such as dental implants, bridges, crowns, or braces to fix your irregular bite. You can also take ibuprofen and use warm compresses to ease the pain. In some cases, surgery is needed to relieve the pain and cause of the problem.
If you have been suffering from pain in your jaw, mouth, or TMJ area, do not sit there and suffer, give us a call at Michael Roessler DDS in Mundelein, IL for TMD diagnosis and treatment. You can give us a call at 847-566-9330 or by visiting our contact us page and filling out our online contact form. Treatment is available to those patients who seek it.