TMJ, pain in your temporomandibular joint, or TMD, temporomandibular joint disorder can be difficult to diagnose. Often times, patients will go to their regular doctor trying to find a solution to headaches and upper body pain, while others come directly to our dental offices with jaw pain, clicking, popping, or even jaw locking. A lot of our patients grind their teeth at night or because of stress, which can lead to further jaw clenching, locking or even tooth loss.
If you’re experiencing symptoms such as: headaches or migraines, jaw pain, clicking in your jaw, stiffness or soreness in your neck and/or back, sensitive teeth, clenching and/or grinding, sore teeth, ringing in the ears, insomnia, or limited mouth opening…. call your Chicago Heights or Highland Park dental office to set up a TMD consultation.
Many times, treatment can be something as simple as wearing a night-time mouthguard or relaxing tense jaw muscles using a gentle electrical current (through what is called a TENS machine). The dentists at The Smile Group will customize your individual treatment to help ease your symptoms and provide long-term improvement based on the specific underlying causes of your TMJ issues.