The temporomandibular joint (TMJ), which connects the jawbone to the rest of the skull, can cause a number of uncomfortable or painful symptoms when not properly functioning. This condition, known as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), may begin with a clicking or popping of the jaw but eventually spread pain to other parts of the body. By conducting a thorough oral examination, Elgin dentist Dr. Dean Lodding and our team can determine the source of your TMD and design a custom-tailored treatment plan to help resolve your symptoms.
Causes of TMD
There are many factors that may cause the development of TMD, including:
- Grinding or clenching of the teeth
- Bite misalignment
- Muscle imbalance
- Breakdown of cartilage
- Trauma or injury
In some cases, the exact cause of TMD is unknown. However, our dentists are still able to diagnose the condition and treat the symptoms at their source for most individuals.
If your temporomandibular joint becomes misaligned, you may begin to experience symptoms such as:
- Clicking or popping of the jaw
- Difficulty opening your mouth to eat or speak
- Frequent headaches or migraines
- Ringing in the ears
- Sinus issues
- Facial pain
- Head, neck, or back pain
- Numbness in the arms or fingers
- Severely worn and/or broken teeth
When left untreated, these symptoms can worsen and significantly impact your overall quality of life. In addition, since many of these symptoms do not occur in the mouth or jaw, other healthcare providers may have a hard time properly diagnosing or treating your condition.
Dr. Lodding is trained to accurately diagnose and treat TMD at its source. Utilizing the latest neuromuscular treatments and techniques, he can restore balance to your jaw and provide you with relief from your symptoms. Night guards or oral medication can also help relieve pain and discomfort caused by TMD. After an oral examination, he will design a custom treatment plan that can best meet your unique needs.
To learn more about TMD or how to find relief from your TMD-related symptoms, please contact our office today and schedule a consultation with Dr. Lodding.