Elmhurst TMJ Dentist Helps Patients Prevent Complications Of TMJ Disorder

Written by Dr. Scharfenberg on Aug 26, 2014

Problems with and damage to the temporomandibular joint can cause severe and lasting complications for patients of many ages. There are, however, treatments available to help patients regain healthy jaw function, and to minimize the risk of long-term TMJ-related problems. Our Elmhurst TMJ dentists provide these ameliorative options, and we want to stress how crucial it can be for patients to seek treatment for TMJ disorder before it becomes quite serious. 

The simple oral appliances that our dental team uses to improve a patient’s jaw alignment are quick, comfortable, and highly effective. Patients simply have to wear these dental appliances at night, so that their jaws are able to rest in comfortable and healthy positions. 

Consistent use of these oral appliances can help you avoid problems such as:

Limited jaw mobility, including problems chewing and speaking
Troublesome clicking and popping sensations in the jaw when you speak and chew
Dental damage, including cracked and chipped teeth (as a result of TMJ-associated bruxism)
Head, neck, and jaw pain and stiffness—this is often chronic and can be difficult to treat
Regular headaches (which may manifest in the ears or throat)—these are especially likely to occur in the morning

Learning more about TMJ problems will make it easier for you to spot any signs of trouble as they first emerge (and are thus easiest to treat). Take the time to check out our TMJ page on our website, and to download our informative TMJ details packet. 

And as always, please know that our Elmhurst TMJ dentists are here to help you in any way possible. Call our office to schedule you own consultation and TMJ assessment. Or submit an inquiry through our website, and our dental team will respond to your questions as quickly as possible.