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Understanding TMJ Pain

What is TMJ Pain?

Inspire Dental Wellness of Orland Park
Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) pain refers to discomfort in the jaw joint and the muscles controlling jaw movement. This condition can cause significant distress and impact daily activities like eating, speaking, and even sleeping.

At Inspire Dental Wellness, we specialize in identifying and treating the root cause of craniofacial pain to help patients achieve a life free of pain without resorting to surgery. Our team, led by Dr. Erica, is dedicated to helping patients struggling with these symptoms and improving their overall quality of life. 

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Symptoms of TMJ Pain

  • Jaw pain or tenderness
  • Aching pain around the ear
  • Difficulty or discomfort while chewing
  • Locking of the joint, making it hard to open or close your mouth
  • Clicking or popping sounds when moving the jaw
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Vertigo (dizziness)
  • Neck pain

Effective TMJ Therapy

Non-Invasive TMJ Therapies

  • Orthotics (Dental Splints or Mouth Guards): Custom-made devices designed to reduce teeth grinding and jaw clenching. Orthotics are the cornerstone of long-term relief for TMJ pain, as they help align the jaw properly and prevent further damage.
  • Myofunctional Therapy: This therapy involves exercises that improve the function of the muscles of the face and tongue. By retraining these muscles, myofunctional therapy can help alleviate TMJ pain and improve jaw function.
  • Medications: Over-the-counter pain relievers, anti-inflammatories, and muscle relaxants can help manage pain and reduce inflammation.
  • Lifestyle Modifications: Stress management techniques, dietary changes, and avoiding excessive jaw movements can play a crucial role in alleviating TMJ symptoms.

Advanced TMJ Therapies

  • Injections: Corticosteroid injections can provide relief for more severe cases, but are typically considered only if non-invasive treatments are ineffective.
  • Arthrocentesis: A minimally invasive procedure to remove debris and inflammatory byproducts from the joint.
  • Surgery: Reserved for the most severe cases where other treatments have failed, surgical options include arthroscopy and open joint surgery.

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Comprehensive TMD Therapy

What is TMD?

Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) encompass various conditions affecting the TMJ, muscles, and nerves related to jaw movement. TMD can be caused by injury, arthritis, genetics, or habits like teeth grinding.

Holistic TMD Therapies

  • Comprehensive Assessment: A thorough examination by a specialist to diagnose the specific type of TMD.
  • Multidisciplinary Approach: Collaboration between dentists, myofunctional therapists, and pain management specialists.
  • Custom Treatment Plans: Tailored therapies that may include dental corrections, stress reduction techniques, and rehabilitation exercises.

Innovative TMD Treatments

Frequently Asked Questions

What Causes TMJ Pain?
TMJ pain can result from various factors including injury, arthritis, genetics, and habits like teeth grinding or jaw clenching.
The timeline varies depending on the severity of the condition and the type of therapy. Some patients may experience relief within weeks, while others may take several months.
Many insurance plans cover certain aspects of TMD therapy. It’s best to check with your insurance provider for specific coverage details.

Why Choose Us for TMJ and TMD Therapy

Expertise and Experience:
Our team of specialists has extensive experience in diagnosing and treating TMJ and TMD disorders. We use state-of-the-art technology and the latest therapeutic techniques to provide effective care.

Personalized Care:
We believe in a patient-centered approach, ensuring that each treatment plan is tailored to meet the unique needs of our patients.

Comprehensive Support:
From diagnosis to treatment and follow-up care, we offer comprehensive support to help you manage your TMJ and TMD symptoms effectively.

Contact Us

If you’re experiencing symptoms related to TMJ/TMD, it’s crucial to seek professional dental help. At Inspire Dental Wellness of Orland Park, we provide a range of treatments that can help alleviate your symptoms and improve your quality of life.

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