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Occlusal and TMJ Therapy
Temporomandibular joint disorder is a complex condition. It can have multiple causes, and treatment may involve require a combination of several methods.
Night Guards to Treat TMJ
One of the methods we may recommend for treatment is a night guard. This treatment may be combined with anti-inflammatory medication and physical therapy.
Night guards are effective because they hold the jaw in a neutral position while you sleep to prevent clenching or other strain on the jaw muscles. This allows your joint and your muscles to get a break and reduce the stress and inflammation that causes pain and other TMJ symptoms.
Your night guard will be customized to your own specific needs. Personalized night guards will prevent any accidental changes to the bite or shifting of the teeth. Dr. Advani will consult with you and carefully assess your needs and the course of your treatment. If we feel like treatment is progressing as well as we’d like, we can check whether your night guard is fitting appropriately or if there’s another method of treatment that might be more effective, depending on the causes we can pinpoint behind your TMJ.
Night guards are not the right solution for everybody. If your TMJ is caused by a misaligned bite, we may need to explore treatments that include orthodontics or even surgery.
The best way to find out is to call our Elk Grove Village dental office and schedule your consultation with Dr. Advani.
Temporomandibular joint disorder, often abbreviated as either TMJ or TMD, is a painful condition in which the joint where your lower jaw attaches to your skull becomes inflamed and no longer works properly. Common symptoms of TMJ/TMD include popping and clicking in the joint, pain that radiates into the neck and shoulders and along the jaw, locking or sticking of the jaw in an open or closed position, or a chronic headache.
Contact Us for TMJ Treatment
If you are experiencing these symptoms, call our Elk Grove Village dental office today. Dr. Vishal Advani can perform an examination and determine whether your pain is caused by TMJ/TMD. If so, we have therapeutic options available that can ease your pain and relieve the pressure on the joint.