How Come I Have TMJ Disorder?

The pain from TMJ disorder can be excruciating and make life difficult. We offer effective treatment at David Rice DDS in Elgin.

Patients often wonder why they have the condition. Unfortunately, the reasons can be hard to pin down. There is no single cause for TMJ disorder, which is pain in the temporomandibular joint.

Arthritis is a common cause. So is teeth grinding or clenching. Trauma, like injury from an automobile accident, can also result in TMJ disorder.

Treatment Is Necessary

No matter the cause, most TMJ cases have one thing in common: it is a chronic, degenerative condition that must be treated. It is not likely that it will get better on its own.

Some of the common symptoms of TMJ disorder are:

  • Headaches
  • Pain or tenderness of the ear, jaw, jaw joints and facial muscles
  • Pain, and/or a locking sensation when opening the jaw
  • Pain with chewing
  • Clicking or popping noises when opening the jaw

Most cases of TMJ disorder can be successfully treated with non-invasive methods. These include oral appliance therapy, orthodontics, and relaxation techniques.

If you or someone close to you shows signs of TMJ disorder, please call David Rice DDS in Elgin to schedule an appointment. We’ve helped people throughout Bartlet, South Elgin, and Wayne, who also come to us for complete cosmetic dentistry. Call today!

Contact David A. Rice, DDS:


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1972 Larkin Ave Ste 1
Elgin, Illinois

Memberships & Associations

Dr. David Rice, DDS, KOIS Center Clinical Instructor membership page The American Academy of Restorative Dentistry membership logo for Dr. Rice, DDS Elgin dentist Dr. David Rice is a member of the American Dental Association Illinois State Dental Society membership badge for Dr. David Rice, DDS


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