Chronic pain is never normal. If you experience jaw pain and stiffness, discomfort when eating, chronic headaches, or ringing in your ears, we encourage you to seek TMJ treatment at our Oak Park, IL, practice. At Town & Country Dental, we have several treatment options available, all of them minimally invasive, yet highly effective.
TMJ Disorder can affect anyone, but it often occurs in teens and young adults. As a family dentist, Dr. Thomas J. Wegner treats patients of all ages. Furthermore, his experience with myofunctional therapy gives him unique insights into the structure and function of the jaw.
Chronic pain relief could be just an appointment away! Contact our office today to schedule a consultation.
What’s the difference between TMJ and TMJ Disorder?
People will sometimes say, “I have TMJ.” But the truth is, everyone does – two TMJs, to be precise!
The TMJ is the temporomandibular joint, connecting your jaw to the base of your skull. TMJ Disorder is a condition that causes inflammation or structural damage to these joints.
What is the cause of my TMJ Disorder?
An estimated 33% of adults and 11% of children and adolescents suffer from TMJ Disorder. However, the underlying cause can vary from person to person. Dr. Wegner will carry out a thorough exam to uncover the reason for your jaw pain. Causes could include:
- Facial trauma
- Dental misalignment
- Chronic teeth grinding (bruxism)
- A slipped disc in the TMJ
What are my TMJ treatment options?
There are multiple treatments available. Dr. Wegner will select the right one, based on the cause of your TMJ Disorder and your particular symptoms. In some cases, he may combine treatments for more comprehensive results.
- Oral appliances: This is the most common option. A nightguard or splint can reposition your jaw to reduce pressure on your joints. If you suffer from bruxism, it can also prevent teeth grinding while you sleep.
- Medications: Though they are not a long-term solution, over-the-counter pain medications can temporarily reduce discomfort as swelling subsides.
- Exercises: Certain exercises can strengthen the jaw muscles, and relaxation techniques can help to alleviate pressure on the TMJs.
- Dental work: If an improper bite is behind your TMJ Disorder, Dr. Wegner may recommend restorative dentistry, such as crowns or bridges. Orthodontia can also help to establish the correct bite position.
How long until I experience pain relief?
Many patients enjoy an immediate reduction of pain after receiving their mouthguards or appropriate dental work. However, it may take several weeks or even months for the issue to resolve completely. Your particular timeline will depend largely on the cause and severity of your TMJ Disorder.
Will my TMJ Disorder go away for good?
Again, this depends on the reason for your TMD. If arthritis or a slipped disc is to blame, TMJ Disorder is not reversible, although appropriate care can greatly minimize your symptoms. On the other hand, if bruxism or jaw tension is the root cause, you could experience permanent relief.
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There is no need to suffer from chronic discomfort. Contact Town & Country Dental today to schedule your appointment.
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