FAQ: All About TMJ Disorders

If you have a TMJ disorder or are experiencing TMJ-related symptoms, contact AH Smiles today to learn more about your treatment options. Below are some answers to frequently asked questions regarding TMJ disorders.

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What is a TMJ disorder?

A TMJ disorder, also known as a TMJ disorder, is a disorder that affects the temporomandibular joint of your jaw. This joint is the main joint involved when you are chewing, speaking, or moving your jaw around. When this joint becomes inflamed or injured, it is often due to an underlying dental concern.

What are the symptoms of TMJ Disorders?

Patients with TMJ disorders often experience frequent jaw pain, worn-down teeth, tension headaches, earaches, limited jaw movement, jaw clicking, jaw popping, and neck/shoulder pain.

What causes TMJ disorders?

The causes of TMJ disorders vary by patient. Often, patients who develop TMJ disorders have a history of teeth grinding or jaw clenching. However, patients may also develop TMJ disorders if they have severe orthodontic issues, bite misalignment, or have experienced facial trauma.

My jaw hurts right now. What can I do?

Practicing mindfulness can help relieve jaw pain flareups throughout the day. Leave yourself reminders around your workspace to relax your jaw. Avoid chewing gum or eating crunchy foods when you are experiencing jaw pain. Taking an over-the-counter pain medication like ibuprofen can help reduce discomfort as well as inflammation. Holding a cold compress to the affected area can also relieve some discomfort. If you suspect you are dealing with the signs and symptoms of a TMJ disorder, schedule an appointment with Arlington Heights, IL dentist Dr. Brent Engelberg to learn more about managing your TMJ disorder.