Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) is a highly painful and uncomfortable oral condition that affects the TMJ on either side of the head. TMJ are joints that connect the lower jaw to the skull and enable all movements related to the jaws, such as biting, chewing, talking, laughing, etc. When the muscles and tissues around the TMJ get stressed excessively, it could lead to the limited movement of the jaw, and pain every time you move it.
TMD is a common condition among individuals who consciously or subconsciously clench their jaw.
It can occur due to:
If you are experiencing the following symptoms, you could be affected by TMD:
Patients with TMD need to make a few changes to their everyday activities. Frequent snacking, chewing gum, opening bottle caps with your teeth, holding the jaw in a clenched position for a prolonged time, and other such oral habits should be avoided. Keep a check on your sleeping position as it can influence the positioning of the jaw. Further, massage your TMJ and the surrounding tissues regularly to relieve them of the stress. If you subconsciously clench the jaw at night due to bruxism, your dentist can give you a customized night-time bruxism guard to keep the TMJ from enduring stress and the teeth from wearing severely. If your condition is advanced, the dentist may have to perform surgery to correct the jaw's alignment.
Please schedule an appointment online or call us at (630) 978-9005 to have a consultation with Dr. Sun, and we will be happy to help.
1315 Macom Drive, Suite #201, Naperville, IL 60564
MON 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
TUE 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
THU 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
FRI 8:00 am - 1:30 pm
SAT 7:30 am - 1:30 pm
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (630) 978-9005