TMJ Disorders and Treatment
Considering TMJ treatment in Schaumburg or Wheaton, IL?
If you are thinking about getting TMJ treatment in Schaumburg or Wheaton, IL, please call one of our offices to schedule a consultation. We are here to answer your questions about TMJ disorders and treatment.
What is TMJ?
TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders are a family of problems related to your complex jaw joint. If you have had symptoms like pain or a “clicking” sound, you’ll be glad to know that these problems are more easily diagnosed and treated than they were in the past. Since some types of TMJ problems can lead to more serious conditions, early detection and treatment are important.
No one treatment can resolve TMJ disorders completely and treatment takes time to become effective. Dr. Forfar can help you have a healthier and more comfortable jaw.
What are Common Symptoms of a TMJ Disorder?
TMJ disorders develop for many reasons. You might clench or grind your teeth, tighten your jaw muscles, and stress your TM joint. You may have a damaged jaw joint due to injury or disease. Whatever the cause, the results may include a misaligned bite, pain, clicking or grating noise when you open your mouth or trouble opening your mouth wide.
Do You Have a TMJ Disorder?
- Are you aware of grinding or clenching your teeth?
- Do you wake up with sore, stiff muscles around your jaws?
- Do you have frequent headaches or neck aches?
- Does the pain get worse when you clench your teeth?
- Does stress make your clenching and pain worse?
- Does your jaw click, pop, grate, catch, or lock when you open your mouth?
- Is it difficult or painful to open your mouth, eat or yawn?
- Have you ever injured your neck, head or jaws?
- Have you had problems (such as arthritis) with other joints?
- Do you have teeth that no longer touch when you bite?
- Do your teeth meet differently from time to time?
- Is it hard to use your front teeth to bite or tear food?
- Are your teeth sensitive, loose, broken or worn?
The more times you answered “yes,” the more likely it is that you have a TMJ disorder. Understanding TMJ disorders will also help you understand how they are treated.
What are the Treatments for TMJ?
There are various treatment options that Dr. Forfar can utilize to improve the harmony and function of your jaw. Once an evaluation confirms a diagnosis of TMJ disorder, Dr. Forfar will determine the proper course of treatment. It is important to note that treatment always works best with a team approach of self-care joined with professional care.