Dealing with jaw pain is tough. You don’t realize how often you use the muscles in your jaw until there is an issue. If you are suffering from chronic pain in your jaw or face, you may have a TMJ disorder. At Brar Dentistry, we have the skills and expertise to make sure that you can get the TMJ treatment you need and find the relief you deserve from this painful condition. Call one of our South Elgin, IL area offices and let Dr. Brar or Dr. Bram help you.
What is TMJ?
TMJ refers to the temporomandibular joint. This joint connects your jawbone to the rest of your skull, and it has muscles and tendons that extend all the way into your temple. That’s why when you chew your food, you can feel (and sometimes see) your temple region moving.
When people are talking about TMJ, what they are usually referring to is TMJ disorder, or TMD.
What Causes TMJ?
That is the million-dollar-question in the world of dentistry. No one knows for sure what actually causes TMJ disorders. There is ongoing research into the subject, but for now, we know many factors that have been linked to TMJ disorders.
Facial Injury – Any kind of heavy blow or trauma to your face or head can throw the TMJ out of sorts and lead to TMD symptoms.
Grinding Your Teeth (Bruxism) – Bruxism is considered both a cause and a symptom of TMJ disorders. Bruxism, which usually happens at night while you sleep, puts a lot of undue stress on your jaw joint. Your joint already has a ton of stress put on it throughout the day. Adding to its workload does not do it any favors.
Arthritis – Arthritis affects the cartilage in the joints of your body, and just because your TMJ happens to be in your face does not make it immune to the effects of arthritis.
Stress – You would be amazed at how damaging stress can be on our bodies. Stress can lead to heart troubles, weight gain, and other issues, including TMD. Stress causes us to clench the muscles in our jaw, which leads to extra stress on the joint.
Internal Joint Issue – There are moving parts within the jaw’s ball and socket joint (like your hip). A cushion inside the socket keeps the ball from rubbing on the bone of the socket. If that cushion moves or is damaged in any way, you will begin to experience pain and discomfort while your use your jaw.
What Are The Symptoms Of TMJ?
Besides pain, here are some TMJ symptoms you may experience when you are dealing with a TMJ disorder.
Swelling in Your Face
Clicking Sound While You Move Your Jaw
All of these are indications that you are dealing with a potential problem in your TMJ. Taking steps to alleviate whatever issue created this problem is crucial to your recovery.
What Are The Available Treatments For TMJ?
At Brar Dentistry, we are here to help you deal with your TMD. We offer splints to help take the strain off of your joint and let it heal.
When it comes to problems with your TMJ, we may not know what exactly causes them, but we do know how to help you feel better. Schedule your appointment at one of our four area locations: South Elgin, Elgin, Sleepy Hollow, or St. Charles, IL. You can reach us at 630-948-5583 to schedule your complimentary consultation.