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Facial pain? 5 Signs You May Have TMJ and What to Do About It

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When you have constant facial pain and discomfort, it can be difficult to identify the cause of your symptoms. You may think your problems are caused by sinus issues or a dental issue, but you could actually be suffering from TMJ (temporomandibular joint dysfunction) which accounts for up to 70% of all cases of facial pain and discomfort. Mount Prospect TMJ Dentist Dr. Tom Meyer at Meyer DentaI Group, provides TMJ treatment for over 20 years and has successfully treated  patients with a TMJ Disorder.

Please note: Different patients have different medical conditions, oral health, and pain levels, and consequently, there is no one-size-fits-all solution to TMJ care. However, we "Practice What We Preach" at Meyer Dental Group and we will do everything in our power to provide you with a dental solution that can reduce or eliminate TMJ facial pain to regain your quality of life.

If you’re suffering from facial pain that just won’t go away, the 5 signs below can help you understand whether or not you may have TMJ. When you decide to seek help, please contact us for a thorough TMJ Facial Pain Diagnosis.

1. Pain on one side

Facial pain on one side is generally caused by a masticatory muscle activity imbalance of jaw closing muscles, which can cause pain, swelling, or inflammation. Some of these atypical facial pains can also be caused by a variety of factors such as an injury, infection, a disorder in another body system (such as sinus infections), or stress-related conditions.

As well as experiencing facial pain on one side you may also notice symptoms such as tension headaches or hearing problems. If you feel that your facial pain is affecting your overall functioning and daily life, then it’s important that you make an appointment with a TMJ dentist like Dr. Tom Meyer at Meyer Dental Group in Mount Prospect.

2. Jaw Muscle Weakness

Jaw muscle weakness is often a sign of temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJD). More simply put: Your jaw muscle might be weak because your jaw isn’t properly aligning. This places stress on the muscles that support it, causing some or all of those muscles to weaken.

When you come in for a Comprehensive TMJ Evaluation with Dr Meyer, he will perform a series of muscle testing as well as a cranio-nerve test in order to determine if you have a TMJ disorder that he can treat and help you find relief.

3. Headaches and particular pain behind the eyes

The most common kind of facial pain is a tension headache or muscular strain. If you’re experiencing these symptoms on a regular basis, it’s important that you see your medical doctor for an evaluation in order to diagnose the underlying cause.

With so many potential causes, it’s best not to assume you know what’s causing your particular symptoms. TMJ /TMD Facial Pain Specialist like Dentist Dr. Tom Meyer in Mount Prospect will be able to help try to determine what is causing your atypical facial pain.

4. Clenching your jaw/teeth grinding

Everyone clamps their jaw from time to time, but that doesn’t mean you have a temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJD). Typical symptoms of an overactive/painful jaw include, but are not limited to: Teeth-clenching because of stress, clenching your jaw while grinding your teeth; jaw popping or clicking; or feeling like your jaws are being held together by an invisible belt. When it comes to diagnosing any type of facial pain, a TMJ clinic like Meyer Dental Group in Mount Prospect will consider all possible causes.

At Meyer Dental Group, TMJ dentist in Mount Prospect, we have the expertise, technology, and over 20 years experience to treat TMJ Disorders effectively. Rest assured, when you experience jaw popping, frequently locking your jaw, or extensive teeth grinding, there are adequate solutions to treat your facial pain.

TMJ Impacted Teeth

There are many things that can cause facial pain, such as impacted teeth due to an an abscess, or an injury sustained during a car accident. But there could be a deeper cause. A misaligned bite often causes TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder) and severe facial pain due to its strain on nearby muscles and ligaments.

People with impacted teeth may have swelling and/or difficulty chewing, speaking, or eating. If you're experiencing facial pain right now, please take action as soon as possible, and schedule an appointment with us so we can make a determination of the problem.

Do you suffer from chronic (TMJ / TMD) facial Pain?

Do you suffer from chronic (TMJ / TMD) facial pain? Our team at Meyer Dental Group (TMJ oral and facial pain specialists) can help you learn more about what is causing your symptoms. Our TMJ and facial pain centre clinic offers a non surgical treatment option for a variety of facial pain patients, including non-surgical procedures. Please note that when it comes to treating your chronic facial pain, we believe that it's important to aim for natural remedies whenever possible, because they allow our patients to heal naturally while reducing their dependence on any prescription drugs.

When facial pain is negatively affecting your life, please seek help. Waiting can only make things worse. If you live in the Mount Prospect area and are experiencing facial pain, contact us at Meyer Dental Group today. Because living with facial pain, is not living at all.

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