Solve Your TMJ Treatments in Highland Park
If you experience severe pain or aching in your jaw on a daily basis - particularly when you first wake up in the morning - you are not alone. An estimated 10 million Americans experience a disorder in the temporomandibular joint of the jaw, a problem commonly called TMD. Highland Park, IL dentist Dr. Carol Lockwood
offers interventions to treat TMJ disorder that can reduce jaw pain and discomfort, as well as prevent the chronic headaches associated with the condition.
TMJ disorders can be the result of damage to the jaw's muscles, internal injury to the joint, arthritis, or another inflammatory medical condition. If you experience jaw pain, jaw stiffness, affected movement in your jaw joint, or clicking or popping of the jaw joints, Dr. Lockwood can evaluate your symptoms and help create solutions customized to your individual condition.
What Are The Causes of TMJ Disorder?
Your temporomandibular joint is known as a "hinge" joint because it operates much like the hinge on a door, allowing your jaw to open and close smoothly. The joint consists of your mandible, or the lower part of your jaw, and your temporal bone on the side of your skull. The mandible is one of only a few joints in your body that has an articular disc, a firm piece of tissue that supports the joint. TMJ discomfort can be caused if the disc becomes thinner as a result of age or damage. Arthritis and stress that leads to grinding your teeth at night can also lead to TMJ disorder.
If you suspect that the symptoms you are experiencing are TMJ disorder, Dr. Lockwood will conduct a thorough examination of your jaw to determine the cause and appropriate treatment plan for your oral health concern.
What Are the Symptoms and Issues Associated with TMJ?
TMJ can cause a wide variety of problems, including
• Changes to jaw alignment
• Clicking sounds when opening the mouth
• Difficulty opening and closing the mouth
• Grating sounds when opening the mouth
• Jaw stiffness
• Locking of the jaw
How Can Dr. Lockwood Address TMJ Symptoms?
As a Highland Park TMJ dentist, Dr. Lockwood understands the pain and discomfort associated with TMJ disorder and how it affects your daily life. Her first step in treating your condition is to evaluate your teeth and jaws to see if your bite is misaligned. If so, she may consider a treatment called occlusal equilibration, which involves re-shaping some of the top portions of your teeth to reduce uneven wear and ensure your bite becomes realigned; this reduces stress to the joint and disc between the joints.
Dr. Lockwood’s Highland Park dental office also offers TMJ disorder treatment with custom-made mouth guards. This mouth guard helps to reduce teeth grinding at night by keeping the jaws in a more open position and protecting the teeth's surface from wear due to grinding.
Through these and other dentals interventions, Dr. Lockwood can help you find relief from TMJ disorder. To find out more about how we can treat your TMD, and to make an appointment
, please contact our Highland Park, IL dental office