Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMJ) are disorders characterized by pain in the jaw and jaw muscles. Millions of Americans are affected by TMJ and may have conditions which exacerbate symptoms associated with the disorders. Some conditions may include a misaligned bite or teeth clenching and grinding.
There are several common symptoms of TMJ to look out for:
- Jaw clicking
- Difficulty chewing
- Joint tenderness
- Jaw pain
- Neck and facial pain
Chronic headaches may also be a sign of TMJ. People may not often think of dental treatment as a way to treat facial and jaw pain. However, realigning teeth or protecting teeth with a mouthguard can ease TMJ pain and protect teeth from damage.
Dr. Brent Engelberg & Associates at AH Smiles offer multiple TMJ treatments. Before treatment, Dr. Engelberg will assess your oral health and discuss any TMJ symptoms you have noticed. After reviewing your options, we will collaborate with you to choose the right treatment and discuss the next steps in the treatment process.
Teeth grinding that induces TMJ pain can bring on headaches, especially in the morning or during stressful situations. Patients may unconsciously clench or grind their teeth during sleep, which is why morning headaches can occur. A custom-made mouthguard worn at night can stop teeth grinding and protect teeth from further damage.
A misaligned bite, or malocclusion, can make all the difference when it comes to TMJ. Restorative treatments such as dental crowns, tooth bonding, and other orthodontics can be used to correct bites. Properly aligning the teeth can stop headaches and other problems caused by TMJ.
Chronic headaches brought on by TMJ can be temporarily alleviated with Botox Theraputic. This non-invasive solution can stop teeth grinding and clenching, and relaxes joints in the face that are often affected by TMJ.
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Do you suffer from chronic headaches and orofacial pain? You may be affected by one or more of the Temporomandibular Joint Disorders. Get effective TMJ treatment today. Call the professionals at AH Smiles at (847) 230-9703. You can also schedule an appointment with us online here.