Do you suffer from pain in your face or jaw joint area, or even hear a popping or clicking sound when you chew and talk? Maybe you suffer from headaches or lockjaw? If you have any of these symptoms, you may suffer from Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMD) which are disorders of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). The TMJ is a hinge that connects your jaw to the temporal bones of the skull. The temporomandibular joint is responsible for the up, down and side to side movement of your lower jaw. The same movements that allow you to talk, chew and yawn. Symptoms can be disguised as multiple other problems such as sinus headaches, migraines, neck and shoulder stiffness or even ear aches. Heavy teeth clenching or “bruxism” typically stems from some form of joint disorder in the jaw.
Causes of Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction
Exact causes of TMD are often unknown, however, dentists believe that problems with the jaw muscles or joint can lead to the disorders. Jaw and joint injuries, as well as head and neck muscle injuries, can often play a role in developing temporomandibular joint dysfunction.
Finding the Source & Providing Relief
Our Naperville dentist can help find the source of your TMJ disorder and recommend a course of action to alleviate pain or symptoms. Using the latest in gentle, non-surgical treatments our doctors can help to eliminate symptoms.
Splint Therapy for TMJ Pain Relief & Treatment
There are many philosophies and methods of therapy for TMJ pain. Maple Park Dental Care believes in the least obtrusive, non surgical form of therapy whenever possible. Similar to a splint used to treat sleep apnea, splints for TMJ therapy are also commonly referred to as a “mouth guard,” “night guard,” “orthotic,” “bite plate,” or “bite appliance.” These splints can be molded in different ways to cover a select few teeth, all of the teeth or molded to all fit top or bottom teeth. Each patient is evaluated on a case by case basis to see who would benefit from TMJ Splint Therapy.
Suffering from Headaches / Migraines in Naperville?
You may be clenching your back teeth while you sleep. Often patients come in complaining of sore jaws, teeth and terrible headaches but don’t realize their dentist is someone with the tools to fix this for them! We offer an FDA approved method, NTI-tss, for prevention of headaches and migraines.
The NTI-tss is a clear nightguard that covers the front four teeth. “So why only the front teeth and not the back teeth?” When you bite down on ONLY your front teeth the temporal muscles will remain relaxed. If you bite down on the back they will become tense. The NTI-tss device doesn’t allow the back teeth to touch so therefore you will diminish the muscle contractions taking place. This will help eliminate the headaches and migraines and get you on once again great sleep! If you are suffering from migraines due to clenching teeth, we highly encourage you to contact our office for a consultation. There is no need to live in pain!