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TMJ Pain & How Sleep Therapy Can Help

in Tinley Park

Have you been experiencing jaw pain, recurrent migraines, disturbed sleeping patterns and other symptoms that are adversely affecting your quality of life and productivity?

You’re probably suffering from TMJ pain and disorders. The good news is, with thorough evaluation, it is perfectly possible to relieve the pain and alleviate the symptoms.

The Temporo-Mandibular Joints, or the TMJ, are joints located on the sides of our face, right in front of our ears. These joints connect the lower jaw bone, known as the Mandible, to the Temporal bone of the skull.

The TMJ plays a vital role in allowing us to open our mouth, bite and chew our food, speak, yawn, and breathe orally by facilitating forward, up and down, and lateral (side-to-side) movements of the lower jaw. If something happens to the joints, we may be rendered incapable of performing these functions, either entirely, or partially, with extreme difficulty.

There are many factors that can contribute to the development of TMJ pain and dysfunction.

For an oral surgeon to be able to create a treatment plan, it is important to first identify the cause. Some of the most prominent causes of facial and TMJ pain include:

Depending upon the severity of the condition, as well as the cause – there is a wide range of symptoms associated with TMJ dysfunction.

Sleep therapy is one of the most effective methods used in treating and managing TMJ pain that manifests as frequent headaches, migraines, facial pain, and overall discomfort on performing oral functions such as speaking, oral breathing, and chewing, biting, and swallowing food.

The oral and maxillofacial surgeons plan the treatment following careful and thorough evaluation of the TMJ joints. The therapies, appliances, lifestyle modifications or even medication that are part of the treatment are all aimed at relieving pain and improving the patient’s quality of sleep.

If you’re looking for an effective treatment that is aimed at eliminating TMJ pain permanently, our experts are here to help you out. Give us a call to book an appointment at McGonigle Dental Associates today!

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