TMJ Treatment in Elgin, IL
When someone is under stress, they often carry excess tension in the jaw, face, and neck muscles. This can lead to dental grinding and clenching of the jaw. If your bite is uneven, you may grind your teeth in your sleep without being aware that you are doing so. All this excess force on your jaw takes its toll on the joint, leading to pain, dental erosion, and even temporomandibular joint disorders.
Your temporomandibular joint (TMJ), is located on either side of your jaw, just in front of the ear. It allows movement of your jaw so that you can speak, bite, chew, and make facial expressions. When this joint stops functioning properly, the resulting condition is referred to as TMJD or TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder).
TMD can be a complicated subject to understand and you may not be sure where the pain comes from or what you can do to fix it. Many people aren't aware that treating the symptoms of TMD may not require complicated medical treatment. Dr. Sung and our team successfully treat the symptoms of TMD using a simple dental appliance available at our Elgin dental office.
Treatment for TMD and Teeth Grinding
We use a dental device that is designed to effectively reduce teeth grinding and clenching, neck and jaw pain, and headaches associated with TMD. This non-surgical device, known as a hard/soft bite splint, looks like a mouth guard and is designed to prevent grinding and clenching of teeth while you sleep. Since the excess stress on your jaw is eliminated, the splint offers rapid relief from the painful symptoms of TMD.
The splint is made up of two layers – a soft, comfortable liner, and a hard, durable outer layer. The soft inner surface rests comfortably against your teeth and gums, and the hard outer surface provides durability to protect the splint from the grinding force of your teeth.
A hard/soft bite splint can make all the difference in the world if you clench or grind your teeth. It alleviates your grinding (bruxing) and prevents further damage to healthy teeth. The splint is widely used for reducing the symptoms of TMJ because of its fit and comfort.
Call Us to Get the Relief You Need
The only way to pinpoint the exact cause of your symptoms and the best type of treatment for you is to contact our Elgin dental office and arrange for a consultation. You don’t have to endure TMJ pain and allow it to control your life. We understand the negative impact that TMJ and its symptoms can have, and we’re sympathetic to your discomfort. We will work with you until we find the solution that eliminates your pain so you can take back your life.
If you constantly experience unexplained head, neck, and jaw pain, we encourage you to contact us to arrange a complimentary consultation.