Do you live or work in Lombard (IL) and struggle with one or more of symptoms such as these?
- Ear ringing or aches
- Neck pain
- Locked jaw
- An uncomfortable bite
- Jaw clicking, grinding or popping
- Facial pain
- Pain in front of and around your ear
If you do have difficulty with any of these conditions, you could have a temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJD), which is common in the U.S. An estimated 20% to 40% of Americans are believed to suffer from TMJD-related symptoms. If left untreated, the symptoms often will continue or worsen over time.
Those who might have a TMJD can achieve pain relief and enhance their quality of life. The TMJ & Facial Pain Treatment Center diagnoses and treats TMJD and facial pain for Lombard residents.
Lombard (IL): What Is TMJ?
The temporomandibular joints (TMJ) are located in front of your ears. Each TMJ is a ball and socket that attaches your lower jaw bone (mandible) to the upper bone in your skull (temporal).
To locate the joints, place your fingers just in front of your ears and then open your mouth – you’ll feel the joints moving, as well as how flexible they are. They allow 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, the actions for which you use them are easy and smooth. When they are not aligned or synchronized in movement, a TMJ disorder can develop.
The origin of TMJ pain might not always be obvious. In many cases, a leading cause can be extra strain on the jaw joints and supporting muscle group, such as 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. Increasing stress or anxiety might also prompt a TMJ disorder.
TMJ Treatment for Lombard (IL): Proper Diagnosis
Our Lombard patients often visit the TMJ & Facial Pain Treatment Center upon being referred by a dentist, physician or specialist. We also attend to those who self-diagnose a TMJ problem or seek a diagnosis after having visited other healthcare professionals.
Your path to pain relief and greater peace of mind will begin with understanding what is behind your TMJ-related discomfort. We use joint-specific examination and testing, including MRI imaging, to accurately diagnose your discomfort and rule out other possibilities that could be suspected sources of the pain.
As a current hospital staff dentist, Dr. Grabavoy has evaluated thousands of MRIs and diagnosed disease processes including:
- parotid gland cancer
- temporal bone cancer
- retrodiscal edema
- cervical disc
- disc displacement
- ischemic necrosis
- sinus polyps and cysts
- joint effusions
Additional diagnostic testing includes an extensive examination of the head and neck muscles, a bite analysis, orthopedic load testing of the joint and Doppler ultrasound. These methods further refine the specification and successful treatment of a TMJ-related condition.
TMJ Pain Relief for Lombard (IL)
Most TMJD cases for our Lombard patients can be resolved with conservative non-surgical treatments.
Our procedures ensure accurate diagnostic assessments toward relieving most TMJ symptoms. We provide a 99% success rate in alleviating TMJ pain through the right combination of treatments for each patient, which might include:
- Splint therapy
- Medications or pain relievers
- Dietary changes (to rest the jaw muscles)
- Counseling or relaxation techniques
- 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 TMJD for Lombard (IL)
An analysis of TMJ symptoms can in some cases lead us to determine the Lombard patient will benefit from additional specialization. In this event, we team with other physicians in our professional network for optimal treatment of differential diagnoses.
We plan accurate treatment for you by incorporating a medical model and a multidisciplinary approach as needed. Our partners in TMJ pain relief include:
- ear, nose and throat physicians
- physical therapists
Even More Resources for Our Lombard (IL) TMJ Patients
At the TMJ and Facial Pain Treatment Center, we are always looking to offer even greater support and convenience for our Lombard patients. Most recently, we are glad to further serve you by:
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
Lombard (IL): Contact Your “TMJ Specialist Near Me”
TMJD can be frustrating and even debilitating, but you don’t have to just live with it and rough it out. You can find out exactly what is causing it and how you can restore full function and comfort for all you need your jaw joints to do. Contact us today at (630) 734-0909 to speak with a specialist and get started.
TMJ: Did You Know?
We tend to be creatures of habit, but in the case of our food, always chewing on one side of our mouth can aggravate a TMJD. The next time you’re eating, notice if you’re favoring one side or chewing on both sides evenly.