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People who suffer from facial pain might not be clear on what is causing it as there are several possible sources. It is important to recognize and treat causes of facial pain that are related to tooth decay, injury to the head, neck or jaw, or misaligned bites and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain.
Another source of facial pain is “Trigeminal Neuralgia” which is a chronic pain condition that affects the trigeminal nerve and results in facial pain. Finding a dentist who understands each of these types of facial pain might be a challenge in the Mount Prospect area.
Ongoing facial pain is a serious matter as it can have a significant impact on your ability to eat, sleep, work, or just look and feel your best. Chewing food usually exacerbates facial pain, and sleep can be nearly impossible without unhealthy doses of pain killers. You want relief! But who do you turn to for relief and how much will that cost?
At Meyer Dental, we believe that diagnosis and treatment of facial pain should be clear, accessible, and affordable. Dr. Thomas Meyer has over 20 years of experience of practicing dentistry in the Chicago area. He is a Mastership Member and former President of the International College of Craniomandibular Orthopedics.
As an expert in TMJ, he has treated hundreds of patients with facial pain resulting from TMJ, or tooth decay. If he determines that a patient may have trigeminal neuralgia, he can refer that patient to a neurologist.
TMJ can be caused by an imbalanced bite, injuries, poor posture, teeth grinding or clenching, and deterioration of the jaw joint. In most cases, the root cause is a misaligned bite which places undue stress on the jaw joints and eventually, the joints are damaged.
People with TMJ can experience severe migraines, pain, or tenderness in one or both jaw joints, in their neck or shoulder, behind the ear, in and around the eyes, sinus pain, facial pain, painful chewing, or locking and clicking of the jaw joint. Dr. Meyer uses state of the art analytical machines and non-invasive technology to diagnose the source of the problem.
Then he treats TMJ in a variety of ways which include addressing bite issues, using muscle relaxation therapy, and/or creating custom orthotic devices to prevent clenching and grinding at night. In some cases, he will do a full mouth reconstruction to rebuild and reshape teeth to correct a misaligned bite and relieve the facial muscles and jaw joints.
Using several thorough diagnostic tools, Dr. Meyer is able to determine the precise causes of your problem and the best possible treatments to address your TMJ facial pain.
We will do our best to eliminate your facial pain!
and live better
Dr. Meyer can treat your facial pain and help you get your life back!