The Restrictions of TMJ Pain
If you suffer from TMJ pain, you know how persistent and agonizing it can be. The disorder can limit the foods you eat and negatively impact your quality of life. Over 10 million Americans are affected by TMJ disorder.
The temporomandibular joint, or TMJ is located near the bottom of your ear and connects your lower jaw to your skull. TMJ disorder (TMD), refers to a group of disorders that cause pain and dysfunction of the joint and the muscles surrounding the jaw.
If you suffer from TMJ pain, you don’t have to let it control your life. Dr. Hausten has the education and experience necessary to properly diagnose and treat your disorder so you can be free of TMJ pain.
Symptoms of TMJ Disorder
TMJ is associated with a variety of symptoms. In addition to feeling soreness around the joint, you may also experience:
- Pain with chewing
- Locking of the TMJ
- Ringing in your ears
- Inflammation in the jawbone or joint
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Jaw or muscle stiffness
- Painful clicking or popping when opening or closing the mouth
- Complications Associated with TMJ Disorder
While some patients may experience mild symptoms that go away on their own, many people experience reoccurring TMD exacerbations that can lead to a whole range of issues. Since patients with TMJ disorder typically grind their teeth, it has been linked to an increased risk of tooth fracture and receding gums.
It can also lead to a dislocated disc and arthritis in the joint. TMJ disorder has been associated with chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, and sleep disturbances. Even though some patients believe they can make it through the pain to the other side, they might be causing more problems than they anticipate.
The Causes of TMJ Disorder
The TMJ is complex and allows for various motions which makes it more susceptible to injury and dysfunction. There are several causes of TMJ disorder, including:
- Teeth grinding during sleep
- Family history
- Dislocation of the ball and socket of the TMJ
In many cases, the cause of TMJ pain is unknown, but it’s important that you seek treatment.
Our TMJ Solutions
Since the joint plays a vital role in functions such as breathing, speech, and chewing, it’s necessary to treat the disorder before it leads to more serious complications. At our Wheaton office, we offer an oral appliance as a personalized treatment for your disorder.
An oral appliance will prevent your teeth from touching, thereby keeping your jaw open and putting an end to painful clenching. In the most severe cases, surgery may be recommended but that’s only after conservative treatments have been unsuccessful.
Frequently Asked Questions
If your jaw pops and causes pain throughout the day, we recommend coming in to have your TMJ evaluated. Even mild cases of TMJ can progress and become severe over time. Dr. Hausten can determine the severity of your TMJ condition and start treatment immediately so you can start living your life without pain.
Yes, TMJ issues can lead to hearing loss. Your TMJs are on both sides of your head, located near your ears. If there’s an issue with your joints, you may experience hearing loss due to the proximity.
The good news is that treatment for TMD may help you to regain your hearing. As the stress on your joints is relieved, the condition of your ears will also likely improve. Your hearing may change depending on the severity of your TMD and your treatment options.
Making certain lifestyle changes may help relieve TMJ symptoms in the short-term. A few natural remedies may include acupuncture, massage, jaw stretches, and sleep position. Remember, these are temporary fixes and shouldn’t be considered a long-term solution.
If you’re experiencing pain from TMJ, give us a call at (630) 653-3440 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hausten. She’ll take the time to discuss your symptoms and help determine the most effective treatment for you.
Dr. Hausten may recommend a custom-made oral appliance to help improve the alignment of your jaw while you sleep and prevent further pain from TMJ.
There are several long-term effects of leaving TMD untreated, as it can increase your risk of developing serious health problems. Without proper treatment, TMJ disorder may result in tooth loss, jawbone deterioration, nerve damage, migraines, or even hearing loss.
That’s why it’s crucial to give us a call if you’re experiencing pain related to TMJ disorder or think you may be suffering from TMD. Dr. Hausten and our exceptional team will get to the root of the problem and help put an end to your pain.
Your Solution for TMJ Pain
Living with TMJ pain can be exhausting and detrimental to your health. Contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hausten by calling (630) 653-3440. We’ll find a solution that works for you so you can live your life free of TMJ pain.