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TMJ Treatment - Skokie, IL

Relieves Chronic Jaw Pain

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Your temporomandibular joint (also known simply as TMJ) is a small part of the body with a crucial responsibility – it connects the mandible (the lower jaw) to the skull, facilitating movement like chewing food, speaking, and more. When the TMJ and/or the nearby muscles experience dysfunction and strain, chronic pain is typically the result.

TMJ disorder (also known as TMD) is a complex health problem that can make it difficult for patients to enjoy everyday life to the fullest. At North Shore Family Dentistry, Dr. Schwartz wants to help you reclaim a confident, discomfort-free smile through focused therapy techniques. Please don’t hesitate to contact us here in Skokie, IL if you’d like to explore your options.

Do I Have TMJ Disorder/TMD?

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TMD can be caused by several different factors, such as habitual bruxism (teeth grinding), the onset of arthritis, a traumatic facial injury, or simple stress. Every case is unique, but some symptoms are consistent, such as:

  • Experiencing difficulty with fully opening the mouth and/or chewing
  • Constant clicking and popping sounds emanating from the jaw joint
  • Facial swelling
  • Constant pain in the jaw, face, head, neck, or shoulders
  • Regular discomfort that feels like an earache

Please contact our practice if you are experiencing any of the above on a routine basis. Our dentist will want to provide a thorough screening in order to determine the severity of your condition.

How Do You Treat TMJ Disorder/TMD?

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For mild cases of TMD, at-home remedies like over-the-counter medication, heat and cold packs, and jaw relaxation exercises may be enough to alleviate the condition. Alternatively, our dentist can design a custom-made oral appliance that is meant to gently reposition your resting bite into a more comfortable position. Additionally, this device can prevent bruxism (teeth grinding), which is a common aggravator of TMD. Many patients discover that the long-term use of TMJ appliance can eventually result in permanent improvements!