Do you live in LaGrange and struggle with any of the following?
- Jaw clicking, grinding or popping
- Facial pain
- Pain in front of and around your ear
- Ear ringing or aches
- Neck pain
- Locked jaw
- An uncomfortable bite
If you do experience one or more of these symptoms, there’s a chance you could be suffering from a temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJD).
The TMJ & Facial Pain Treatment Center diagnoses and treats TMJD and facial pain for patients from LaGrange.
LaGrange (IL): What Is a TMJ Disorder?
The temporomandibular joint connects your lower jaw, the mandible, to the bone at the side of your head, the temporal bone. To locate the joints, place your fingers just in front of your ears and then open your mouth – you’ll feel the joints moving. You’ll note how flexible they are. This allows your mouth to do things such as talk, chew and yawn.
The TMJs are among the body’s most complex joints. When the bones, muscles and joints are properly aligned, actions such as talking, chewing, yawning and swallowing are easy and smooth. When they are not aligned or synchronized in movement, a TMJ disorder can develop.
The root cause of TMJ pain might not always be clear. One leading source can be extra strain on the jaw joints and supporting muscle group. This strain may result from bruxism, which is the regular, involuntary clenching and grinding of teeth.
Other sources of TMJ pain can be trauma to the jaw, head or neck; sleep bruxism and displacement of the jaw-joint disks; or a painful medical condition such as fibromyalgia or trigeminal neuralgia. Elevated stress or anxiety might also prompt a TMJ disorder.
An estimated 20% to 40% of the U.S. population is believed to suffer from these symptoms as a result of TMJ disorder. Left untreated, these symptoms will likely continue or worsen over time.
Accurate Diagnosis for TMJ Treatment LaGrange (IL)
At the TMJ & Facial Pain Treatment Center, we often see LaGrange TMJ patients who have been referred by a dentist, physician or specialist. We likewise attend to those who either self-diagnose a TMJ problem or seek a definitive diagnosis after having visited other healthcare professionals.
With our practice, your peace of mind and path to relief will begin by first understanding the mechanisms behind your TMJ-related discomfort. As a current hospital staff dentist, Dr. Grabavoy has ordered and interpreted thousands of MRIs and diagnosed disease processes including:
- disc displacement
- ischemic necrosis
- sinus polyps and cysts
- joint effusions
- parotid gland cancer
- temporal bone cancer
- retrodiscal edema
- cervical disc problems
Relief for TMJ Pain LaGrange (IL)
The TMJ & Facial Pain Treatment Center diagnoses and treats TMJD and facial pain for patients from LaGrange. We also focus on the differential diagnosis of related disorders for patients to be treated alone or in a multidisciplinary fashion.
We can help you achieve your goal of pain relief. Our treatment for LaGrange TMJD patients includes a thorough 60-minute inspection including:
- head and neck exam
- bite analysis
- Doppler testing for types of joint sounds
- site-specific imaging of temporomandibular joints
- MRI imaging
- orthopedic load testing of the joint
These procedures ensure accurate diagnostic assessments toward alleviating the discomfort of most TMJ symptoms. You will leave your initial appointment knowing your concerns have been carefully addressed and assessed.
We provide a 99% success rate in alleviating TMJ pain through the right combination of treatments for each patient:
- Splint therapy
- Medications or pain relievers
- Counseling or relaxation techniques
- Dietary changes (to rest the jaw muscles)
- Behavior changes (to stop or reduce teeth clenching)
- Physical therapy or posture training
- Balancing of the teeth’s biting surfaces
- Bedtime splint
Multi-Disciplined Treatment of TMJ-Related Disorders LaGrange (IL)
In certain cases, we might determine that resolving a TMJ disorder will benefit from additional specialization. We plan accurate treatment by incorporating a medical model and a multidisciplinary approach as needed. Our partners in pain relief include radiologists; ear, nose and throat physicians; neurologists; and physical therapists.
Practice Additions for LaGrange (IL) TMJ Patients
The TMJ and Facial Pain Treatment Center is always looking to offer even greater service and convenience for our patients from LaGrange.
Recent enhancements at our practice include:
welcoming Dr. Anna Kolencherry as a new associate to our team
expanding our hours at our Burr Ridge location from 2pm–5pm to 12pm–5pm on Thursdays
Contact Your “TMJ Specialist Near Me” in LaGrange (IL)
You don’t have to continue struggling with uncomfortable symptoms of a TMJ disorder. Contact us today at (630) 734-0909 to discuss your discomfort and get on the road to diagnosis and relief.
TMJ Quick Facts for LaGrange
- TMJD can be temporary or last many years; it might also affect one or both sides of the face.
- TMJD is most common among people between 20 and 60 years old.
Here also are some common home remedies for TMJ-related discomfort:
- For acute pain, apply an ice pack to the side of your face and temple area for about 10 minutes. If approved by your physician or dentist, do a few jaw stretches. For chronic pain, hold a warm towel or washcloth to the side of your face for about five minutes. Do this a few times each day.
- Eat more soft foods such as yogurt, mashed potatoes, cottage cheese, soup, scrambled eggs, fish, beans and grains. Also cut foods into small pieces so you chew less.
Keep your teeth slightly apart as often as you can. This will relieve pressure on your jaw.