Westmont, IL Dentist
Frederic Mrugala, D.D.S.
6418 S. Cass Avenue
Westmont, IL 60559
(630) 963-8680
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Frederic Mrugala, D.D.S.
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Posts for: November, 2015

By Office of Frederic J. Mrugala, D.D.S.
November 04, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Jaw/TMJ Splints  

Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction can cause frequent headaches and pain in your jaw. Oral splints change the position of the jaw, eliminating pain. Westmont, IL, dentist Frederic Mrugula shares a few of the most common questions about TMJ splints.

Why does the problem occur?

Your TMJ joint connects your jaw to your skull. The joints are located below your ears at both sides of your face. When you eat or talk, the muscles, ligaments and bones that make up the joints work together to move your jaw up and down or back and forth. If these structures aren't in alignment, TMJ dysfunction can occur.

What are the symptoms of TMJ dysfunction?

If you have TMJ dysfunction, you may experience the following symptoms:

  • Jaw pain
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Trouble closing or opening your mouth
  • Popping sounds when you open or close your mouth
  • Ear pain or ringing in the ears
  • Tight neck and shoulder muscles
  • Headaches

Dentists don't always know what causes TMJ dysfunction, although it can occur if you grind or clench your teeth or have arthritis in your jaw.

How do TMJ splints help?

Splints help move your jaw back into alignment, which allows your muscles and ligaments to relax. Your dentist will make a mold of your teeth that will be used to create an acrylic splint. The splint fits over your bottom teeth and should only be removed to eat. During the course of your treatment, the splint may need to be adjusted, or you may need a new splint?

What happens next?

After realignment occurs, jaw pain and other symptoms will decrease. When this happens, you may notice that your teeth don't seem to fit together the same way they did before you began using the splint. If this happens, your dentist may recommend making permanent changes to your bite to maintain the new alignment. Depending on your situation, he may suggest orthodontia, reshaping your teeth, crowns, or overlays that fit over the surface of your teeth.

Tired of dealing with headaches and jaw pain? Call Westmont, IL, dentist Frederic Mrugala at (709) 598-8363 and make an appointment. You don't have to suffer from this painful condition a minute longer!