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TMJ  Dentist Mount Prospect

What is the main cause of TMJ?

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The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint that connects your mandible (lower jaw) to your skull. The joint can be found on both sides of your head in front of your ears and it allows your jaw to open and close, enabling you to speak and eat. When you experience TMJ symptoms like migraines, headaches, neck, jaw, ear, or facial pain, you might be subjected to a TMJ Disorder, or 'TMD' (Temporomandibular Disorder), as your TMJ joints could be affected, inflamed, or damaged by a variety of causes.

When you experience TMJ pain, I am aware it is debilitating and can affect your entire life. I have treated hundreds of patients who have suffered from a TMJ Disorder and I understand how painful it is for you. Everything in your daily life can be severely impacted by this agony...whether it be your work, sleep, or relationships and you need relief now.  Dr. Tom Meyer, Meyer Dental Group

Ending the confusion of what is causing your pain is key to making a plan to get rid of it. There is a lot of information out there on the internet about TMJ, however we know that it is not as clear as it needs to be, in order to give you the relief you need and deserve. A proper TMJ diagnosis is a personal one, as there are multiple factors involved such as causes, symptoms, pain locations, pain responses, and overall health history. The complexity of a TMJ Disorder makes it difficult to pin point what exactly is going on, where it comes from, and most importantly: "What to do about it!" and that's why at Meyer Dental Group, we are here to help.
 
Let's start by answering the most obvious questions:

Do I have TMJ?

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When one, or both of your TMJ joints are hurting, it could be caused by
  • Injury
  • Tooth Decay
  • Infection
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Arthritis
  • Stress
  • Teeth Grinding
  • Dental Procedures
  • Medical Procedures (Surgery)
  • Repetitive Action
  • Bad Posture
  • Genetics
Generally most of the time, TMJ pain is connected to something from your past health history, such as a car accident, a fall, an upper body injury, a facial injury or past dental work like an extracted tooth that was never replaced. It could also be caused from a daily habit that has happened continuously over time like teeth grinding at night, wearing out your bite, chewing too much gum everyday, or sitting in an unhealthy position (bad posture). The genetics that you were born with can also play a part in TMJ pain...an awkward position of your jaw, teeth, or your tongue, can cause your TMJ muscles to suddenly react in a stressful way and as you age you may notice pain that is associated with severe strain, inflammation, or damage to the TMJ joint.

So let's get to the bottom of what you need to know...

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Why do dentists treat TMJ Disorders?

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Your bite, jaw placement and overall dental health plays a very significant role with TMJ disorders. Past and current upperbody and facial injuries, prior dental treatment (or lack there of it) teeth grinding, chewing habits, and genetic causes, can all leave an impact on your bite and your facial joints. Your overall mouth health is connected to the balance of multiple facial muscle groups and when your teeth are wearing out, change position because of teeth loss or damage, the upper and lower jaws will not align properly with an uneven bite, it can create stress and pain symptoms.

These strained and stressed muscles can then trigger multiple TMJ pain symptoms like
  • Migraines and Tension Headaches
  • Neck and Shoulder Pain
  • Jaw Pain
  • Ear Pain
  • Facial Pain
  • Sinus and Eye Pain

A TMJ specialized dentist has the knowledge and technology to measure and define bite imbalances, muscle tensions, and the affected pain areas and can provide specific TMJ treatments like:

  • TMJ Orthotics
  • Bite Modifications
  • Full Mouth Reconstructions

A TMJ dentist Mount Prospect (neuromuscular dentist) can restore your bite balance, relax the affected muscles, which can reduce or completely eliminate TMJ Pain.

The Meyer Dental Group in Mount Prospect has successfully treated hundreds of patients with a TMJ Disorder. Keeping in mind that every patient's medical condition, oral health, and pain levels are completely different and unique, there is no such thing as "one magic cure". However we "Practice What We Preach" at Meyer Dental Group and we will do everything in our power to provide you with a dental solution that can reduce or eliminate TMJ pain so that you will regain your quality of life.

We believe that NO ONE should have to live with TMJ pain!

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Why live in agony?

  • Stop feeling pain and drain 
  • End the brain fog 
  • Diminish stress and anxiety 
  • Don’t alienate from friends and family 
  • Avoid expensive future health treatment
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  • Boost your energy levels 
  • Think more clearly 
  • Feel well rested 
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