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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 and Dr. Wulfsohn want 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 dentists 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 dentists 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!