Managing TMJ Syndrome
in New Lenox, IL

TMJ stands for “temporomandibular joint.” This joint connects your jawbone to your skull, and acts as a sort of hinge when you open and close your mouth. TMD, or temporomandibular joint disorder, is a condition in which the joint becomes painful and less mobile. It can often lead to chronic pain of the face, head, and/or neck, cracked teeth, and an overall decreased quality of life.

At Lincolnway Dental Associates in New Lenox, IL, our team is qualified to diagnose and suggest treatment options to ease the symptoms of TMJ syndrome. If you have chronic jaw, head, or neck pain or have difficulty chewing comfortably, consider meeting with our team to find out if you’re living with TMD.

You can reach us at (815) 462-4838. Book your appointment today!

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Signs You Might Have TMD

Temporomandibular joint disorder is often characterized by the following symptoms:

  • Sore jaw muscles
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Pain when opening mouth
  • Chronic ear, neck, and head pain
  • Jaw makes popping or clicking sound when you open your mouth
  • Feelings of stuffiness or tingling in the ears

What Causes TMD?

TMD can be caused by a variety of things, from acute injury to repetitive wear and tear that takes months or even years to become a serious issue.

Consider these notable causes below and ask yourself if any of them could be contributing to your discomfort:

  • Teeth/jaw misalignment
  • Jaw clenching/teeth grinding
  • Injury/trauma
  • Bad posture
  • Arthritis
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Excessive gum chewing
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Can TMD be Treated?

TMD doesn’t have to rule over your life. Treatment is possible, and a better quality of life is achievable for you. Together we can help you find the cause of your condition and take the appropriate next steps to relieve your symptoms.

TMD can be managed in several ways, with some of the best options being:

  • Physical therapy
  • Mouth guard or splint
  • Botox injections
  • Avoidance therapy
  • Thermal therapy

Your health, happiness, and quality of life are important to us. If you are suffering from chronic pain in your jaw, please contact us at (815) 462-4838 to schedule an appointment!