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When Should I See My TMJ Dentist?

November 19, 2021
Posted By: Palatine Complete Dental
Man suffering from TMJ Pain

TMJ is a potentially painful condition of the temporomandibular joint—a hinge-like joint that connects your jaw to your lower skull.

Signs of TMJ include:

  • Popping sound in the joint when yawning or chewing
  • Jaw, neck, face, and head pain
  • A muscular or exaggerated fullness in the jaw joints
  • Locking jaw joint or stiffness
  • Worn teeth when associated with bruxism (grinding and clenching)

You do not have to have all of these symptoms to be diagnosed with TMJ. Early in the disorder, you may have only a few signs. However, if you have one or more signs, you should probably talk to your dentist.

Fortunately, your dentist in Palatine, IL provides TMJ evaluations, diagnosis, and treatment.

TMJ and Bruxism

Bruxism is the nocturnal habit of grinding and clenching your teeth. Symptoms of bruxism are similar to TMJ as far as pain, but you may also notice worn teeth, an increase in cavities, and even tooth fractures over time.

Without treatment, TMJ and bruxism—together or independent of one another—can significantly impact life quality.

Diagnosing TMJ

If you suspect TMJ, we encourage you to schedule an appointment in our dental office. Your Palatine TMJ dentist can evaluate your jaws—including taking x-rays—to diagnose the condition. We can also look for signs of bruxism, which typically includes worn teeth.

If our dentist diagnosis you with either condition, we’ll talk to you about your level of TMJ or bruxism and help you decide on the best course of treatment.

TMJ Treatment in Palatine, IL

Successful TMJ and bruxism treatment include appliance therapy. Your dentist can create a custom appliance that prevents nighttime grinding and clenching. This appliance also works in the treatment of TMJ.

Is It Time for Your TMJ Evaluation?

If you notice one or more symptoms, we encourage you to arrange a consultation in our dental office.

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