How TMJ treatment can be a natural migraine relief

How TMJ treatment can be a natural migraine relief

Our Mt Prospect/Chicago dental office treats patients with a variety of oral issues. These are not just those commonly having to do with fillings, cleanings, or even root canals. 

You would be surprised by how many illnesses can be linked back to the care of your mouth. For example, some patients come in with complaints of having migraines over a prolonged period. At times, these are linked to a condition known as TMJ disorder. 

Treating TMJ disorder could offer a natural migraine relief for sufferers.

Understanding Temporomandibular Joint Disorder 

The Temporomandibular Joint essentially links your skull to the lower jawbone.

Without it, you would not be able to open your mouth to consume food, drink, or be able to sing and speak. These joints are further linked to muscles, which provide support. However, they connect to your shoulders, chest, cheeks, throat, and your head, at the sides of your temple.

How TMJ Disorders Develop

Patients with a TMJ disorder, generally have misaligned teeth. When your teeth are not properly positioned in your mouth, these joints are improperly positioned also. The muscles supporting the joints then try to accommodate for the disposition.

This can lead to migraines if it is the muscles leading to your face or head.

With TMJ, the muscle pain is occurring in your head, mimicking that of a migraine. Misdiagnosis of this condition often occurs because doctors tend to treat the symptom, which is the migraine, and not investigate the cause of the pain. 

Thankfully, you can get a more in-depth analysis and stop the pain with migraine treatment in Chicago, at our practice.

Symptoms of TMJ Disorder

There are many ways you can tell if you have TMJ, rather than another condition.

These include:

  • Jaw pain
  • Teeth grinding
  • Shoulder or neck pain
  • Jaw popping or locking
  • Spasms
  • Pain in your face
  • Ear pain

Neuromuscular Dentists Treat TMJ in Chicago

For years, I have been able to adequately assess patients’ symptoms and make a diagnosis based on years of experience and expertise in neuromuscular dentistry.

This allows for better insight, than general dentists have, into whether the jaw is functioning capably. If not, then there are any number of health problems that can occur.

There is also another connection to be made in working towards providing natural migraine relief.

Relationship between the Trigeminal Nerve and Migraines

The trigeminal nerve can relay signals, which triggers a domino effect of pain in the brain. 

If you grind your teeth, this often causes the nerve to become stimulated, and then there is a release of chemicals. These chemicals cause sinus pressure and swelling. Then, as a result, you can feel a throbbing pain in their head.

Frequent migraines mean the trigeminal nerve is being stimulated very often by the teeth, and jaw muscles.

Seek Natural Migraine Relief and Migraine Treatment in Chicago 

There are several treatment options available at the Meyer Dental Group offices in Chicago. One of which is the TENS treatment.

Patients are typically treated to a gentle massage of the related muscles linked to the condition. It is a great way for patients to relax and indulge less in stress-related teeth grinding.

Depending on the severity of the case, custom-made orthotics or surgery is also used.

Visit our website or call us to set up an appointment at our Mt Prospect/TMJ clinic and begin your migraine treatment today. For some patients, the road towards natural migraine relief requires a series of appointments and treatment sessions.

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Is it possible to straighten your teeth without braces? Mt Prospect Dentist explains

Is it possible to straighten your teeth without braces? Mt Prospect Dentist explains

They say that when you smile at the world, it smiles back at you. But the reality is that having missing or misaligned teeth can cause many people to lack confidence in their smiles. 

Malocclusion can be caused by a variety of factors including genetics, history of oral care, and a person’s jaw and teeth size. A number of further issues can result from misaligned teeth, mainly their tendency to grow in abnormal directions and change the overall shape and look of the face and jaw. 

When the teeth crowd together, it can become a lot harder to take care of them by brushing and flossing properly. Bacteria and plaque buildup can quickly cause discoloration. Speech problems, jaw pain, and tongue biting can also occur. 

Straightening your teeth can help to fix this, making you feel less self-conscious or insecure and limiting the risks of such problems. There are ways to do it without using traditional braces that involve wires or metals, or that can bring on social anxiety. What are they? 

Straighten your teeth without braces

Technological advancements allow for new and better ways to treat orthodontic issues. Limiting yourself to using traditional braces as a means to correct dental problems, doesn’t have to be the case.  

Despite correctible braces still being best suited for a number of conditions, the ones listed below can be fixed without them.  

Narrow Upper Jaw

Expanders are a great option for widening your palate. Having an underdeveloped palate can be corrected over time with the gentle guidance of expanders. It causes your teeth to move into the proper positions, subtly guiding your palate.

Malocclusion

This is also known as a bad bite. Malocclusion is more pronounced when you close your jaw and can further cause TMJ Disorder. As such, malocclusion needs the requisite dental appliances to re-adjust your jaw. Dr. Tom Meyer offers this to his patients experiencing jaw pain and bite disorders.

Slightly Crooked Teeth

Even just a little bit of overcrowding can cause your teeth to become crooked due to lack of space and pressure. Retainers are able to readjust this alignment and bring back your straight smile.

We believe…. Invisalign clear aligners can help you achieve your dream smile

There is no age limit when it comes to using devices like clear aligners to help restructure your teeth and jaw. At Meyer Dental Group, Invisalign dentist Dr. Tom Meyer can help you.

If you are seeking a treatment that is virtually invisible and fairly low maintenance, then Invisalign is a great choice.

We believe… Invisalign can change lives!

There is quite a diverse spectrum of issues, which can be addressed by Invisalign. These include:

  • Crowded teeth
  • Gaps in teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Open bite 
  • Crossbite
  • Underbite
  • Overbite

Braces can cause a lot of jaw pain, irritation, and lack of confidence. Invisalign is a great alternative and an attractive option for children and teens as it is nearly invisible. It is made to fit well inside the mouth, with minimal discomfort. The aligner is easily removed when you are eating and/or cleaning your teeth, making it easier to brush and floss. The length of the treatment itself may be minimal compared to that of traditional braces, depending on an individual’s specific case. 

Set up an appointment and explore your treatment options

When you visit Meyer Dental Group our team can help to determine what treatment is best for you. We first examine your orthodontic issue, learn about your oral health history, and then make a recommendation based on our findings.

We believe orthodontic care from a professional is the safest and most effective option. Your health, safety, and comfort are our priority. Once you are assessed, we will work with you to choose a treatment plan that best suits you.

If you’d like to learn more about how to straighten your teeth without traditional braces, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Give us a call today at 847-827-6290 and set up a consultation with our Invisalign Chicago dentist, Dr. Tom Meyer.

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New Protocol at our Mt Prospect dental office: Panoramic Digital X-Rays being recommended for patients at the ages of 6, 12 and 18

New Protocol at our Mt Prospect dental office: Panoramic Digital X-Rays being recommended for patients at the ages of 6, 12 and 18

We believe… being proactive and preventative is best in all oral health care situations! We want to be aggressive in the early detection of dental concerns, jaw disorders, and airway issues. This is why we’re taking this approach to how family dentistry is done! 

We are recommending digital panoramic dental x-ray on children at three important stages of their developmental lives. This will allow me to identify any potential concerns and needs for your child and be able to make informed and educated decisions to help them before any issues become potentially serious.

At the early stage of your child’s life, around age 6, we will be able to learn whether there are any complications with their new emerging teeth, those still yet to erupt, or possibly any teeth that may be missing altogether.

When done again at age 12, we will be able to evaluate and determine any potential orthodontic and/or airway issues, like crowding of teeth, missing teeth, bad/misaligned bite, over/underbites, and narrow jaw causing restricted airways.

By age 18, we can then advise what is happening with their wisdom teeth, and identify any potential concerns.

The panoramic digital x-ray is done in conjunction with the recommended yearly bitewing films we take on all patients to detect cavities in between the teeth.

Panoramic and bitewing digital x-rays are proven to be safe, and we take extra precautions to ensure safety to all our patients with any exposure. 

By introducing this protocol of taking panoramic dental x-rays for kids, teens, and adolescents at these three important stages of their growing lives, it’s our hope that we can quickly address and best correct any oral health issues that may develop.



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Eating with Traditional Dentures – Common Problems We Hear At Our Mount Prospect Dental Office

Eating with Traditional Dentures – Common Problems We Hear At Our Mount Prospect Dental Office

Are you struggling with eating while wearing dentures? You’re not alone. Many people have problems eating with traditional dentures.

It’s my goal to help you find a denture solution that can help you chew, drink, talk, and look better.

We believe… that dentures should enhance life.

Denture technology has changed a lot in the last few decades. There are options outside of traditional dentures.

In fact, you can get the smile you never had with Fountain of Youth® dentures – a denture option that can give you a non-surgical facelift and can help you eat better.

 

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3 common problems when eating with traditional dentures

Adjusting to eating with dentures may take some time. While they are a good replacement to your natural teeth, they may not feel the same as natural teeth would.

1. Foods may not taste the same

When you first start wearing your dentures, you may notice that some foods don’t taste the same as you remember. Apart from the fact that your sense of taste changes as you age, your denture can affect the overall taste of food too.

Dentures cover your upper palate, which is essential for proper taste and smell. You may find yourself reaching for the salt if foods don’t seem as flavorful as they once did.

Also, not cleaning dentures thoroughly can cause a bad taste to linger in your mouth. Dirty dentures may make food taste odd or different than what you are used to.

It’s useful being aware of this change of taste because it can contribute to a change in appetite. Alternatively, you could end up indulging in overly sweet or salty foods to satisfy your cravings.

Overeating sweet or salty foods may cause sickness and can lead to various other health issues, like heart problems or diabetes.

Keeping your dentures clean and minimizing the use of denture cream may help to reduce taste changes. You could also look into implant supported dentures.

2. Having a hard time chewing

Having a hard time chewing when you’re new to dentures is not surprising. You can’t feel them as well as your natural teeth.

To get used to them quicker, it may be beneficial to:

  • Avoid sticky food
  • Chew slower
  • Take smaller bites of food
  • Chew with both sides of your mouth.

3. Food stuck in your dentures

Food can get stuck in your dentures, causing pain and irritation. If food gets stuck in your palate, it will uncomfortably rub against the roof of your mouth and gums.

Using a soft-bristled toothbrush instead of toothpicks may be useful in getting rid of food particles. Toothpicks can cause damage to your denture, so it’s best to avoid them.

An overnight denture-cleaning liquid treatment may be helpful to further eliminate bacteria. It’s important to continue flossing and to take proper care of your oral health in order to keep food particles and dirt at bay.

 

eating with dentures

Fountain of Youth® dentures – a new denture solution

Investing in Fountain of Youth® dentures may be a great solution to these problems as they are more comfortable than traditional dentures and easier to use daily. They fit better, making it easier to smile, chew, and talk.

FOY® Dentures can even make you look younger by reducing:

  1. Jowls (drooping cheeks)
  2. Turkey neck (wrinkled, sagging skin on the neck)
  3. Signs of aging. 

You can’t ignore these problems

While these problems may seem like minor nuisances, they can lead to severe consequences and reduced self-confidence. Being unable to comfortably eat or drink may make you more vulnerable to illnesses. Proper nutrition is the key to feeling healthy. Not worrying about dentures all the time can help lead to a better quality of life.  

eating with dentures

FOY® Dentures


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Is there a link between TMJ disorder and dental damage?

Is there a link between TMJ disorder and dental damage?

Dental issues are no fun. They take time out of your day, money out of your wallet, and, at times, they can be uncomfortable or even painful.

It is for those reasons that most people will do whatever it takes to avoid dental damage. But this can be difficult if you don’t know what’s causing the damage.

Today, you’ll learn about a common cause of dental damage that many people aren’t aware of: TMJ disorder. You’ll learn how this disorder contributes to a number of dental issues, how to avoid those problems, and how a dentist in Mount Prospect can help.

TMJ Disorder: What is it and how can you tell if you have it?

The TMJ is the temporomandibular joint, which is your jaw joint. It is the joint where the lower jaw (the mandible) hinges onto the temporal bone of your skull. If you’re diagnosed with TMJ disorder it means something is wrong with this joint.

In the U.S., it’s estimated that 10 million people have this disorder, 90% of which are women. The TMJ is the most used joint in the entire body. It’s no wonder that so many people have this dental issue.

This joint is made up of the skull and jaw bones, as well as a flexible disc made of cartilage. The disc is attached to some of the muscles that help with chewing.

The most common cause of TMJ disorder is disc displacement, an effect of the misalignment of the teeth or jaw. Crooked teeth or misalignment caused by an overbite/underbite/crossbite can lead to disc displacement.

Other causes of TMJ disorder include:

  • Erosion of the disc
  • Arthritis in the joint
  • Joint damage caused by trauma, like an accident or blow to the jaw.

 

How do you know if you have TMJ disorder?

Here are some of the most common symptoms.

  • Chronic headaches or migraines
  • Pain/tenderness in the jaw
  • Facial pain
  • An earache in one or both ears
  • Aching teeth
  • Pain while chewing
  • Jaw clicking or popping (something you can often feel and hear)
  • Locking of the jaw upon opening
  • Dental damage, like cracks and chips in the teeth.

Dental Damage and TMJ Disorder: What happens if this disorder is left untreated

Does TMJ disorder need to be treated by a TMJ dentist like Dr. Tom Meyer here in Mount Prospect? Absolutely! If you avoid getting the necessary treatment, you’ll experience progressive dental damage.

Constant misalignment can lead to bruxism, which is the clenching and grinding of your teeth, particularly at night. Misalignment puts pressure on the nerves and muscles of the jaw. This can lead to swelling of the jaw, as well as pain.

Some people end up in so much pain that they can’t even chew their food because it’s too painful. The pain can be so severe that many people mistake it for a migraine.

Other dental damage caused by TMJ includes:

  • Chipped teeth
  • Cracks that will continue to deepen
  • Fractured teeth
  • Wear facets in the biting surfaces of the teeth
  • Sensitivity to heat, cold, and bite pressure
  • The breakdown of existing restorations, including fillings, crowns, and bridges.
Full Mouth Reconstruction - Mount Prospect IL - TMJ

Patient with worn down teeth before TMJ treatment

Full Mouth Reconstruction - Chicago IL - TMJ

Method of Treatment:
Neuromuscular Orthosis to balance the bite into a correct, relaxed position. Orthodontics were then needed for about 5 months on top teeth to help align some rotated teeth. Followed by fabrication and placement of veneers and crowns on all the teeth. Read more about this TMJ case.

Constant bruxism can wear down the enamel. This leads to the wear mentioned above, and, over time, to the exposure of the dentin and nerve of the tooth. Not only can this result in sensitivity, this type of dental damage can lead to nerve exposure, which means root canal treatment is necessary.

TMJ disorder can cause dental damage

Practicing What We Preach: How a dentist in Mount Prospect can help you avoid costly dental procedures

Is there anything that can be done to reduce the dental damage and complications caused by TMJ disorder?

Thankfully, the answer is yes, you can take preventative steps to reduce the amount of dental damage you experience. Not only will this save a lot of pain, but it will save a lot of money (cosmetic and major restorative procedures can be expensive).

If you have been diagnosed with TMJ disorder, take these steps to prevent further dental damage:

  • Alternate hot and cold packs to reduce pain and inflammation/swelling
  • Take a pain medication, like ibuprofen, if you experience pain
  • Avoid hard, crunchy, or chewy foods
  • Don’t chew gum
  • Eat softer foods, especially if you’re having a painful flare-up
  • Try to avoid opening your mouth wide when talking, singing, or yawning
  • Avoid resting your chin on your hand
  • Reduce your stress
  • Try relaxation techniques, like meditation and biofeedback
  • Invest in a massage or physical therapy.

In addition to taking these steps on your own, a TMJ dentist like Dr. Tom Meyer can help you avoid dental damage caused by TMJ disorder. How so?

First, a Mount Prospect dentist will provide you with an accurate diagnosis. Getting this diagnosis will give you and your dentist the information you need to decide upon the best treatment plan.

Next, your dentist can treat your disorder with natural treatments. These treatments include a dental orthotic made to help support the teeth and jaw, that is worn day and night. This orthotic reduces the pressure on your jaw joint, as well as the disc, nerves, and muscles if you clench or grind your teeth.

The result: Less jaw pain and headaches, and less dental damage, like cracked or chipped teeth.

Preventative dentistry for optimal dental health

The team at Meyer Dental Group wants to help you avoid costly dental procedures and stay out of pain. This is made possible with preventative care. When you schedule an appointment with this dentist in Mount Prospect, you’ll have access to multiple preventative services.

These include TMJ pain and dental damage prevention, in addition to routine dental cleanings and regular comprehensive oral evaluations. Using cutting edge technology allows this team to care for their patients while offering a comfortable experience.

If you suspect you might have damage due to TMJ disorder, schedule a consultation right away. Getting a proper diagnosis will help this Mount Prospect team to provide the best treatment for your specific needs.

Do you wake up in the morning with sore teeth? Do you experience a lot of headaches or migraines? These could be signs of TMJ disorder. Contact us today to find out more about this disorder and what the Meyer Dental Group can do to reduce or even eliminate your symptoms.

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