The tempromandibilar joint is a hinge that connects your jaw bone (mandible) to the temporal bones in your skull, in front of each ear. A general term for any problem or issue with this joint is temporomandibular disorder, or TMD. Dr. Cynthia Wong Orthodontics can help patients prevent and recover from negative effects of TMD.
Patients that grind or clench their teeth often end up with a sore jaw. Other patients experience injuries with facial trauma that cause jaw pain or result in the patient feeling their jaw gets stuck or ‘locked’ in either an open or closed position. A custom night guard keeps the jaw in a neutral position during sleep, and this helps many patients find relief from TMD symptoms. For any pain, your dentist may recommend an over-the-counter painkiller or warm and cold compresses. To prevent further discomfort, you may be assigned stretches for your jaw.
Whatever your symptoms, you don’t have to suffer discomfort in your jaw. To learn more about TMD and the services we provide at the practice, visit www.drcynthiawong.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Cynthia Wong Orthodontics in Orland Park, IL, call 708-444-8341.