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Do you experience frequent jaw tenderness or pain? Do you also have a lot of discomfort around your ears? It’s not uncommon for patients to develop this jaw pain and also have trouble chewing or opening or closing their mouths because their jaws lock. If you have developed issues involving TMJ symptoms that occur regularly, we encourage you to seek a diagnosis for TMJ disorder, or TMD. We can help you learn more about TMD and how it may be linked to chronic stress.

There are many potential causes of TMD, and Dr. John Ifantis can help you to better understand the probable cause and optimal solutions associated with your condition. In some cases, bruxism can be linked to TMD, and this is a condition in which you grind your teeth at night. Because each condition of TMD is unique, we encourage you to schedule a visit with our dentist right away to better understand your needs.

To help reduce the discomfort of your TMD symptoms, we invite you to try some treatment strategies to reduce chronic stress. Oftentimes, TMD and bruxism can be exacerbated by chronic stress, which is why lowering your stress levels as much as possible can be beneficial for your oral health. A good way to improve stress is to make a habit of receiving adequate sleep. You may find that sleeping on your back helps to relieve jaw pressure, and using a pillow that has firmness can help keep your head, neck and shoulders in proper alignment. The pillow should also be soft enough that your muscles can relax at night.

We invite you to learn more about your options for TMJ treatment in Morton Grove, Illinois, so that you can have the oral health you deserve. For further information and to schedule an appointment, call (847) 268.4998 today to reach our team at Ifantis Dental Care!