For patients experiencing ongoing pain in the jaw, ear or muscles on the side of the face, TMD may be occurring. It is often accompanied by a popping or clicking sound and limited jaw movement. TMD or temporomandibular disorder is a condition that affects the TMJ or the temporomandibular joint (jaw joint). It is characterized by conditions that cause pain and dysfunction to the jaw and muscles surrounding it. TMD can be successfully treated by Dr. Carolyn Bronke and Dr. Josephine Puleo in La Grange, IL.
Treating TMD in La Grange
It isn’t always simple to figure out why these symptoms are occurring. The good news is that most TMD cases can resolve themselves or require conservative remedies to improve symptoms. The two TMJs that connect the lower jaw known as the mandible to the temporal bone on the skull are complex joints that allow movement. The lower jaw and the temporal bone fit together similar to that of a ball and socket. Muscles in the temples and cheeks move the lower jaw itself. Any of these parts can become the source of the TMD problem in a patient. If you are in pain or having trouble opening or closing your jaw, a thorough examination is needed to determine the cause of your TMD.
Some of the most common symptoms of TMD include:
- Clicking sounds
- Muscle pain
- Joint Pain
Treatment methods may include jaw exercises. In more severe TMD cases, complex treatments such as orthodontics or bridgework may be recommended. Surgery is very rare in TMD patients. Trying a range of conservative treatments typically have been proven to be effective.
The first step in treating your TMD in La Grange, IL is a thorough dental examination from Dr. Carolyn Bronke and Dr. Josephine Puleo. To learn more about your treatment options and to schedule an appointment, call their office today at 708-354-1335.