If you have a jaw joint (TMJ) disorder, you may find that you experience pain and discomfort during your day-to-day life, even while performing normal activities such as speaking, chewing and yawning. Dr. Robert Galliani and Dr. Larry Mulvaney provide TMJ treatment in Deerfield, Illinois, to resolve jaw joint problems and restore your oral health and quality of life.
TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint. This is the joint that connects your lower jaw to your head. TMJ disorder occurs when this joint becomes stressed, misaligned or injured. This problem may occur due to a variety of factors including arthritis; trauma and injury to the head, neck or jaw; stress; or bruxism (teeth grinding and clenching).
Common symptoms of a TMJ disorder include:
- Grinding, clicking and popping sounds when you move your jaw
- Inability to open the mouth to speak, yawn or chew normally
- Locked or stuck jaws
- Pain when chewing, biting or moving your jaw
- Pain and tension in the neck, shoulders and ears
- Frequent headaches and migraines
When you visit Galliani, Mulvaney and Associates, our dentists will evaluate your mouth and jaw to determine what caused your TMJ disorder. After determining the cause, we will be able to recommend an appropriate treatment. Treatments for TMJ range from jaw and facial relaxation exercises and lifestyle changes to restorative treatments, mouth guards and jaw surgery.
If you have any questions about TMJ treatment or if you want to set an appointment with one of our experienced dentists, please contact us today at (847) 282-4955.