End Jaw Pain With TMJ Treatment
The temporomandibular joints (TMJs) play an essential role in allowing the lower jaw to move freely and comfortably. When the TMJs become inflamed due to an imbalanced bite, frequent teeth grinding, injury, or another reason, it can cause pronounced pain, headaches, and other debilitating symptoms.
Dr. Robert Hessberger, who has practiced dentistry since 1984, offers TMJ treatment at his Northwest Chicago, IL, clinic. Once Dr. Hessberger diagnoses the cause of your TMJ symptoms and begins treatment, you can experience substantial relief from pain and discomfort in your jaw, neck, and shoulders.
When the jaw joints become inflamed, it can result in many uncomfortable symptoms.
Benefits of TMJ Disorder Treatment
Individuals suffering from TMJ disorder may notice the following benefits after undergoing treatment with Dr. Hessberger:
- Restored range of jaw motion
- More restful sleep
- Improved concentration at work
- Better chewing function
- Reduced or eliminated snoring
- Reduced or eliminated teeth grinding
- Relief from jaw pain
- Prevention of nerve damage
- Reduced ear pain
Dr. Hessberger has more than 30 years of experience treating this condition, and with his help, you can achieve the lasting relief you deserve.
Symptoms and Causes of TMJ disorder
Some of the more common causes of TMJ disorder include:
- Cartilage wear (which causes bone grinding)
- A misaligned bite that forces the TMJs to overcompensate in order to achieve balance
- Bruxism (teeth grinding)
During your consultation, Dr. Hessberger will examine your jaw (including its range of motion) and medical history. Your examination may require that x-rays and other digital images are taken. He may also ask if you have experienced any of the following symptoms:
- Neck or shoulder pain
- Jaw joint pain
- Difficulty chewing
- Popping sensations while opening the mouth
- Fatigued jaw muscles
Treatment of TMJ Disorder
Dr. Hessberger treats TMJ disorder with custom mouthguards that shift the jaw into better alignment, thereby preventing overextension of the jaw muscles and relieving inflammation. Stressed muscles can activate local nerves, causing pain and discomfort.
The mouthguards prevent jaw clenching, one key source of pain often associated with TMJ disorder. Dr. Hessberger will make an impression of your bite that will be used to manufacture a custom mouthguard to treat your symptoms. The plastic appliance fits over your teeth while you sleep.
In the event that your condition cannot be treated with non-invasive treatments, Dr. Hessberger can refer you to a specialist to explore other treatment options. Our office takes the “less is more” approach to treatment, meaning that less invasive procedures are always considered before resorting to surgery. However, we understand that in some cases, surgery may be the best solution. Regardless of your needs, you can trust us to make the most conservative recommendations possible to help you achieve relief.
Contact Us Today
More than 10 million Americans suffer from TMJ disorder. Dr. Hessberger has more than 30 years of experience treating this condition, and with his help, you can achieve the lasting relief you deserve. If you have concerns about the affordability of TMJ treatments, our Chicago clinic accepts CareCredit® financing to help place a solution within your budget. To schedule your first visit with Dr. Hessberger, contact our office online or call (773) 792-5562 today.