An estimated 20% to 40% of Americans are believed to suffer from symptoms such as:
- ear ringing or aches
- neck pain
- locked jaw
- an uncomfortable bite
- jaw clicking, grinding or popping
- facial pain
- pain in front of and around the ear
In particular, these conditions can be associated with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). If left untreated, the symptoms often will continue or worsen over time.
If you live in Glen Ellyn (IL) and struggle with these or similar symptoms, the TMJ & Facial Pain Treatment Center can help you return to comfort and a greater quality of life.
Glen Ellyn (IL) Patients: What Is TMJ?
You can locate your temporomandibular joints by placing your fingers in front of each ear and opening your mouth. You’ll feel the joints right away and also notice how flexible they are.
Each temporomandibular joint is a ball and socket that attaches your lower jaw bone (mandible) to the skull’s upper bone (temporal). The joints let your mouth do things such as talk, chew and yawn.
They also are among your body’s most complex joints. When the bones, muscles and joints are properly aligned, the TMJ movements are easy and smooth. When they are not aligned and evenly moving, a TMJ disorder can set in.
If you have TMJ symptoms, their origin might not always be obvious. A common cause of TMJD can be too much pressure on the jaw joints and supporting muscle group, such as from the clenching and grinding of teeth while sleeping.
TMJ discomfort also can develop from jaw, head or neck trauma; sleep bruxism; or a painful medical condition such as fibromyalgia or trigeminal neuralgia. Chronic anxiety might also prompt a TMJ disorder.
Diagnosing TMJD for Glen Ellyn (IL)
The TMJ & Facial Pain Treatment Center diagnoses TMJD and facial pain for patients from Glen Ellyn (IL). We focus on the differential diagnosis of related disorders for patients to be treated alone or in a multidisciplinary fashion.
Many of our Glen Ellyn patients are referred by a dentist, physician or specialist. We also attend to those who self-diagnose TMJ symptoms or seek a definitive diagnosis after having visited other healthcare professionals.
If you are visiting us because of TMJ-related symptoms, your treatment will include a thorough 60-minute inspection including a head and neck exam, a bite analysis, MRI imaging, orthopedic load testing of the joint, Doppler ultrasonic testing for types of joint sounds and site-specific imaging of temporomandibular joints.
Our symptom-based approach to diagnosis centers on a detailed and extensive differential process enabling TMJ treatment to be successful. Your treatment will help to both relieve symptoms and resolve their root cause.
You will leave your initial appointment knowing your concerns have been carefully addressed and assessed.
Glen Ellyn (IL): TMJ Pain Relief
Most TMJD cases for our Glen Ellyn patients can be corrected with conservative non-surgical treatments.
Your path to pain relief will begin with understanding what is behind your TMJ-related discomfort, including the possibility of any other 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 problems
- disc displacement
- sinus polyps and cysts
- joint effusions
We provide a 99% success rate in alleviating TMJ discomfort through the right combination of treatments for each patient:
- 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
Glen Ellyn (IL): TMJD Multi-Disciplined Treatment
After analyzing TMJ symptoms, in some cases we may determine that a patient will benefit from additional specialization. When this is the best way to proceed, we team with other physicians in our network to continue with differential diagnoses.
At TMJ & Facial Pain Treatment Center, we incorporate a medical model and a multidisciplinary approach to resolving TMJ symptoms. Our partners in pain relief include radiologists; neurologists; physical therapists; and ear, nose and throat physicians.
Enhancing Our Service for Glen Ellyn (IL) TMJ Patients
We appreciate the opportunity to help you achieve relief from TMJ pain, and we always look to offer even greater support and convenience for our Glen Ellyn patients.
In our effort to serve you, we have recently welcomed Dr. Anna Kolencherry as a new associate to our team. We also have expanded our hours at our Burr Ridge location from 2pm–5pm to 12pm–5pm on Thursdays.
Glen Ellyn (IL): Your “TMJ Specialist Near Me”
If you struggle with TMJ symptoms, you don’t have to just live with them daily. You can find out exactly what is causing them and how you can return to comfort and normal function. To get started, contact us today at (630) 734-0909 to speak with a specialist.
You can help relieve TMJ pain on your own at home. One approach is the relaxed-jaw exercise. With the lips lightly together, the teeth are slightly apart. Breath nasally – this will help relax the jaw muscle.