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Chicago Tribune

TMJ Disorders

Are you experiencing headaches and/or popping or clicking of the jaw? Over 50 million Americans annually have headaches so severe that they seek medical help. Most of these people state that their head pain is a disruptive force in their daily lives. Many of these patients suffer from a Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) disorder, or commonly TMD.

TMDs are a group of separate but related disorders of the temporomandibular joint and/or the associated muscles, ligaments, nerves, etc. Unfortunately, TMDs are the most frequently misdiagnosed of the medical/dental conditions. After a thorough examination and, possibly, appropriate X-rays, the doctors will help to identify the source of the pain. They will then recommend what type of tmd disordertreatment is needed for your particular problem and begin moving forward. The treatment usually requires a series of steps.

Sometimes a simple homecare regimen or referral to specially trained physical therapists may be required. Often merely becoming aware of jaw postural habits is sufficient to control the worst symptoms. Dental appliances are one of the most common ways to treat a TMD when nighttime habits of clenching or bruxing the jaws is a factor. Most people find they become accustomed to a corrective or protective dental appliance in a very short period of time. Any custom dental appliance you might need will be included in your treatment plan and thoroughly discussed with you.