TMJ pain can have a negative impact on your quality of life. TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint and we have one on either side of the head, connecting the upper and lower jaw.
The joint is complex, as it’s capable of both hinge and slide motions, and TMJ problems can be equally as complex, potentially involving muscles, tendons, teeth, ligaments, nerves or a combination of related structures. While people often use the term TMJ specialist or TMJ dentist, there isn’t actually a specialty designation in dentistry for this type of practice. However, at Dentistry by Design, we have extensive experience in diagnosing and treating temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD or TMJD). If you’re experiencing TMJ pain, request an appointment online or by calling us at 630-325-2525.
At Dentistry by Design, we rely on advanced technology and years of training to accurately diagnose the source of your pain. Sometimes, it’s found to be from a sinus infection, toothache or the beginnings of periodontal disease. In other cases, you can be experiencing a temporomandibular joint disorder. In these instances, we do further test to determine the cause and recommend the appropriate course of treatment.
One such treatment we offer is a custom-made orthotic appliance. It supports the temporomandibular joint and reduces the pain caused by TMD. It also has the added benefit of providing cognitive awareness to the patient to discourage clenching, grinding and other para-functional behavior.
If we diagnose you with TMD, we’ll present you with all of your treatment options and help you decide on the best, least invasive choice for your needs. Book a consultation with us to free yourself from TMJ discomfort by requesting an appointment online or by calling us at 630-325-2525.
TMJ, Teeth Grinding, and Headache Treatment
Deanna went to Dr. Morgan in order to fix a gap in her teeth, and also fix how short her teeth were. Dr. Morgan found she was grinding her teeth. She received a mouth guard to wear at night, which has prevented headaches & greatly improved her TMJ condition.