Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders can cause aching in the jaw, neck pain, and headaches. If you have any of these symptoms and want expert dental treatment, contact Pure Design Dentistry in Lincoln Park, Chicago. As a general and cosmetic dentist, Dr. Aaron Diehl treats TMJ disorders to help you resolve the underlying causes of jaw pain, end teeth grinding, and preserve the health of your teeth. Call or schedule an appointment online with Pure Design Dentistry today.
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects your jawbone to your skill. When you have a TMJ disorder, this can cause pain in the joint and the surrounding muscles.
TMJ disorders are often associated with behaviors like teeth grinding or jaw clenching. Left untreated, TMJ disorders can cause complications of the jaw and teeth, as well as many other painful symptoms.
It’s not always possible to determine the cause of TMJ disorders. Several factors may contribute to the development of a TMJ disorder, and some of these may include:
Regular teeth grinding or clenching — due to stress or other factors — may also lead to symptoms of a TMJ disorder.
TMJ disorders can cause a number of different symptoms. The most common signs include:
Some people with TMJ disorders might also experience tension headaches, neck pain, or radiating pain in the face or jaw.
There are many different ways to treat TMJ disorders and relieve symptoms. Depending on your condition, Dr. Diehl might recommend:
In general, surgery is not recommended as the first line of treatment. There are many ways that Dr. Diehl can help improve your TMJ disorder symptoms and protect the health of your teeth.
In many cases, TMJ disorders are also manageable with home-based treatment methods, like eating soft foods, applying ice, and learning stretching exercises that help support the jaw.