TMJ/TMD Treatment – Hyde Park • Chicago, IL
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Jaw Pain & Headaches
Do your days typically start with a sore jaw or headache? Does your jaw feel stiff and pop or click each time you move it? If so, then you might be dealing with a temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMD. The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) allows your jaw to move comfortably in all directions, but problems in this part of the body can lead to pain that’s felt throughout the mouth, head, and neck. Fortunately, UDP has our own TMJ/TMD specialist, Dr. Tony Tomaro, who can help patients figure out what is causing their problem and provide the longstanding relief they deserve.
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Diagnosis & Treatment
A TMD can be caused by unconscious teeth grinding, arthritis in the joint, injury, and several other factors that prevent the TMJ from functioning properly. To get to the root source of a patient’s issue, Dr. Tomaro will perform a number of tests and X-ray the joint so he can pinpoint where things are going wrong. With this information, he can then put together a personalized treatment plan designed to stop pain and restore normal function.
An occlusal splint is a custom-made mouthguard that a patient only has to wear to bed. It works by slightly adjusting the jaw into a more relaxed position, enabling strained muscles to heal and reorient themselves so they won’t cause problems in the future. Splints also prevent nighttime teeth grinding, a common source of TMD. After a few consistent weeks or months of use, a patient should be able to wake up and not experience any unpleasant symptoms throughout the day.
A crooked bite is often the culprit behind chronic jaw pain. If the teeth do not line up correctly, this can prevent the jaw muscles from ever reaching their natural resting position. This causes them to be tense and overwork, leading to soreness and pain. An occlusal adjustment works by slightly reshaping a few key teeth to align the bite so that the muscles (and patient) can finally relax and enjoy complete comfort.