If you have been reading our blog for a while, then you already know that our Elmhurst dentists strongly recommend that any patient suffering from symptoms of TMJ disorder seek treatment promptly. Timely TMJ treatment can make all the difference in the way your jaw feels and functions.
Let’s learn more about what our dental team strives to accomplish for our patients during TMJ treatment. We take multiple factors into account when crafting a TMJ treatment plan to suit each individual.
Often the most pressing issue for patients is how to ameliorate dental pain and discomfort. If you are suffering with TMJ problems you may experience stiffness in your head and jaw, pain in your neck and facial structure, and chronic headaches. Our dentist prescribes treatments to lessen this pain; we are always trying to limit the number of painkillers that patients take, so we prefer more natural treatment strategies.
You probably already know that if you do not seek treatment for TMJ problems, it is likely that your TMJ dysfunction will get worse over time. Part of our treatment strategy is to prevent further damage to your jaw joint, and allow your jaw to heal. Again, this is about not just addressing the symptoms of TMJ disorder, rather it is about treating the root cause of your TMJ dysfunction.
The most effective treatment strategy for most patients involves using an unobtrusive oral appliance to bring the jaw into better alignment. Our dentist will fit you with this removable dental appliance, and then you will wear it at night to prevent your jaw from becoming misaligned.
Join the hundreds of patients in our Elmhurst dentist office who have discovered how comfortable life can be with proper TMJ treatment. Give us a call or submit your question online to contact our helpful dental team!