TMJ/TMD Treatment

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WHAT IS THE TMJ/TMD?

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If you’re noticing regular patterns of discomfort, popping, or locking in your jaw, which doctor should you visit first? If you said your “general dentist,” then you’re correct.  Dr. Sana Ahmed and Juned Mohammed serve patients in Westmont, Willowbrook, and surrounding areas and help individuals find TMJ pain relief through preventive dentistry and therapies designed to improve TMJ pain and alignment. So, book a TMJ/TMD appointment by calling (630) 812-7755 or messaging Evolve Dentistry online.

DID YOU KNOW THAT TMJ IS A BODY PART (NOT A DISORDER)?

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While many people use the terms “TMJ” and “TMD” interchangeably, this is a public misconception. TMJ is short for “temporomandibular joint” and refers to the sliding, hinge-like joint that connects the upper and lower jaw. The TMJ helps us facilitate translational and rotational movements of the lower jaw. This movement helps us chew, speak, and function daily.

On the contrary, “TMD” stands for temporomandibular joint dysfunction. Furthermore, TMD refers to the temporomandibular joint’s pain, discomfort, and irregularity.  Some symptoms of TMJ dysfunction include clicking or a popping jaw, difficulty chewing, and TMJ pain.

HOW IT WORKS

Fluoride treatment is straightforward, and here’s what you can expect:

BEFORE

When evaluating your existing TMJ symptoms at an initial appointment at our Westmont dental office, Dr. Sana Ahmed or Dr. Juned Mohammed will take a closer look at your health history, alignment, and might even take digital impressions and x-rays.

DURING

Overall, TMJ treatment is highly individualized.  If he or she suspects TMD, our TMJ dentists will suggest starting with minimally invasive techniques, like TMJ exercises or a TMJ mouth guard. If alignment is the issue, orthodontic treatment (like virtually invisible aligners) might be a better course of action.

AFTER

We can help you find TMJ pain relief with routine dental checkups and self-monitoring. If not, we can refer you to a specialist.

WHAT ISSUES CAN TMJ TREATMENT SOLVE?

Whether your general practitioner referred you or you found TMJ treatment on your own, getting TMJ treatment can fix many issues that one might not realize are connected to TMD. This tiny joint is connected to many parts of the body, so when it’s inflamed or imbalanced, it causes a ripple effect through the body. Therefore, if you have TMD, you might also experience the following:

  • Discomfort in the chewing muscles, face, or neck
  • Jaw stiffness
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Earaches or ringing in the ears
  • Clicking or popping jaws
  • Teeth grinding and jaw clenching
  • Dizziness
  • Dental sensitivity
  • Bite changes

IS IT TIME TO VISIT A TMJ DENTIST IN WESTMONT, IL?

Are you looking for stand-out dentistry services in Willowbrook, IL, or surrounding areas? If so, schedule an appointment at Evolve Dentistry by calling (630) 812-7755 or messaging us online. We look forward to assisting you and your loved ones.

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