About TMJ Pain

Neuromuscular and TMJ dentist, Dr. Tom Meyer

We believe that…

TMJ pain has dental solutions

Have you been at wits end trying to get relief for all sorts of pains which just won’t go away? There comes a time when you have popped too many pills and they no longer have much effect. You may have found that your physician is unsure of what is wrong and you are beginning to despair of ever having a normal life again.

If you have never heard of the temporomandibular joint or TMJ, that is not unusual. The name itself is bit of a tongue twister but the link between a TMJ disorder (known as a temporomandibular disorder or TMD) and a whole bag of symptoms, which are mostly uncomfortable and painful, has been a medical realty for years. Perhaps more surprisingly to most people it is a dentist who may be able to provide a solution to a TMJ problem.

What is involved in TMD?

Temporomandibular disorder or TMD is often hard to diagnose. It is quite common for TMJ sufferers to go to their dentist when they haven’t been able to get a proper diagnosis from their own physician. The TMJ joint is affected by persistent bad bite, which is when the teeth on the lower jaw do not closely match the teeth on the upper jaw, so it is a strain when you bite your teeth together. The strain affects the TMJ joints that allow the jaws to open and close like a hinge. If the TMJ has been thrown out a little, it can pinch or press against an important nerve and this can cause a series of muscle pains as well as make it difficult to sleep and lead to lack of coordination.

At our Chicago area dentist office, we believe that TMJ sufferers should get a proper diagnosis from a TMJ dentist. If this is confirmed there may be a dental solution just around the corner.

How we can tackle your TMD

No solution to your problems can be made without a full and thorough analysis of your teeth and the position and state of the TMJ. Once a diagnosis has been made, then the main options may include relaxing the muscle and surrounding soft tissue close to the jaw joint affected.

Once the muscle starts to relax, the patient may be fitted with a special fitting called an orthotic device. This is always custom made for the person who needs it.

Another solution for more sever TMJ pain is a full mouth reconstruction – where we rebuild and reshape the teeth to allow for a better bite, relieving the muscles and joints in the area.

No need to suffer in silence

TMD is so varied in its symptoms that it is hard to diagnose but when positive confirmation has taken place, we at the Meyer Dental Group may be able to treat the problem.

We use several state of the art analytical machines which allow low powered and noninvasive technology to help determine the nature of the problem. There is no need to suffer untreated and undiagnosed TMD in silence.

Make a visit to Meyer Dental Group today and we will show you what our expertise and commitment to your care looks like in action, when you see us practicing what we preach.

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