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126 S. Prospect Avenue
Park Ridge, IL 60068
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126 S. Prospect Avenue
Park Ridge, IL 60068

Treatment of TMJ Disorders

What are TMJ disorders?

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects the jawbone to the skull. TMJ disorders can affect normal jaw function and are frequently intensified by stress, often causing discomfort in the cheek, jaw, or ear areas. 

Pointing to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) on a model school

TMJ conditions fall into three main categories:

  • Myofascial pain: Discomfort or pain in the muscles that control jaw function (grinding teeth can result in this type of TMJ disorder)
  • Internal derangement of the joint: A possible indicator of a displaced disc, dislocated jaw, or injury to the condyle
  • Arthritis: A degenerative inflammatory disorder that causes joint pain and stiffness

Signs and symptoms of TMJ disorders:

  • Headaches
  • Soreness in the cheek or jaw area
  • Pain in or around the ears
  • Facial pain
  • Tight jaws
  • Popping or clicking sounds when opening mouth
  • Locking of the jaw
  • Difficulty chewing

How are TMJ disorders treated?

To treat TMJ disorders, the cause must first be identified. In less severe cases, TMJ disorders can be treated with self-managed care (eating soft foods, using ice packs, avoiding extreme jaw movement) or nonsurgical treatments (anti-inflammatory medications, BOTOX® injections, stabilization splints).
Occusal Guards

We also create custom-fitted nightguards or occlusal guards as a preventative device for patients who have had periodontal surgery, have bite imbalances, or have a parafunctional habit like clenching or grinding. These devices help to alleviate stresses on the temporomandibular joint. Made of durable, flexible plastic, an occlusal guard can be made for either the upper or lower jaw depending on the clenching or grinding habit. Oral appliances are evaluated at each dental visit.

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126 S. Prospect Avenue Park Ridge, IL 60068
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