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TMJ / TMD

TMJ / TMD

If you're experiencing jaw pain, clicking sounds, or difficulty with jaw movement, you may be dealing with Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) or Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD). Our Elgin dentist specializes in providing personalized and effective solutions to alleviate discomfort and improve jaw function.


What are TMJ and TMD?

TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) is the hinge that connects your jaw to the temporal bones of your skull. TMD (Temporomandibular Disorder) refers to conditions affecting the TMJ, encompassing a range of issues that cause pain and dysfunction in the jaw joint and muscles.


Signs of TMJ/TMD

  • Jaw Pain or Discomfort: Persistent pain or tenderness in the jaw joint area.

  • Clicking or Popping Sounds: Audible noises when opening or closing the mouth.

  • Limited Jaw Movement: Difficulty or discomfort while chewing or speaking.

  • Headaches or Earaches: Pain that radiates to the head or ears.

  • Facial Pain: Discomfort in the face, especially near the jaw joint.


How are TMJ/TMD Treated?

  • Diagnosis: Our dentist in Elgin will conduct a comprehensive examination, which may include imaging, to accurately diagnose the underlying cause of your TMJ/TMD symptoms.

  • Customized Treatment Plan: Based on the diagnosis, a personalized treatment plan will be created to address your specific TMJ/TMD issues.

  • Orthodontic Solutions: In some cases, orthodontic treatments or the use of a bite guard may be recommended to correct misalignment or alleviate stress on the jaw joint.

  • Physical Therapy: Exercises and therapies may be prescribed to strengthen jaw muscles and improve joint function.


Benefits of TMJ/TMD Treatment

TMJ/TMD treatment offers many benefits. It relieves jaw pain. It improves jaw function by restoring your jaw function and movement back to normal. It also enhances quality of life by removing the pain and discomfort TMD/TMJ causes.


Alternatives to TMJ/TMD Treatment

Alternative treatments may include lifestyle modifications, stress management techniques, and pain medications. However, these alternatives may offer temporary relief and may not address the underlying causes of TMJ/TMD.


Why Choose Us?


Our commitment to your oral health includes:


  • A Thorough First Appointment – the first appointment is with the doctor so he can really take the time to get to know you. He starts by reviewing your overall medical and dental history with you, assesses the X-rays that were taken, and discusses a treatment plan specific just for you. In many cases the doctor also does your cleaning, giving you more time to get to know each other better.

  • Experienced Dentist and staff: Our skilled and compassionate dental team is dedicated to providing top-notch care.

  • State-of-the-Art Technology: We utilize advanced technology for accurate diagnostics and effective treatments.

  • Patient-Centered Approach: Your comfort and well-being are our priorities.


Schedule a consultation with our Elgin dentist so we can answer all of your questions about TMD/TMJ.


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