If you or someone that you know has been experiencing severe pain in their mouth or jaw, it is possible they may be suffering from TMJ disorder. Many people will go from day to day dealing with jaw pain and not realize they are in need of TMJ treatment in Vernon Hills, Illinois, offered by our dentists! “TMJ” is referencing the temporomandibular joint, which is the joint that connects the lower jaw to your head.

More often referred to as TMJ disorder, or TMD, this is the result of when that specific jaw joint has been injured or is currently being put under heavy stress. Though much of what causes TMJ disorder remains unknown, there are several factors that have been found to contribute. These include things such as stress, bruxism (teeth grinding), arthritis, or trauma to the head, neck, or jaw.

If you are wondering if you might be suffering from the effects of TMJ disorder, here are some of the most common signs:

  • Severe pain in the jaw, especially around the joint connecting the jaw to the head.
  • Frequent headaches accompanied by toothaches or jaw pain.
  • A locked or stiff jaw.
  • Pain when biting or chewing.
  • Shoulder, neck and ear pain.
  • Clicking or popping sounds when you open and close your mouth.

If you feel that you are experiencing any number of these symptoms, please contact Northwestern Dental Group at your earliest convenience so our experienced dentists can begin creating solutions to help relieve your pain. Call us today at 847-457-8449!