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TMJ Therapy in Peoria, IL

According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), some studies indicate that more than 10 million Americans suffer from temporomandibular joint disorders. Often referred to as TMJ syndrome or TMJ disorder, this condition can cause severe pain for some of those most severely affected. We offer expert TMJ therapy in Peoria to help you manage the symptoms of this disorder and to provide long-term solutions for your dental needs.

Defining Temporomandibular Joint Disorder

Because the symptoms and the exact nature of TMJ problems can vary significantly, there is no one firm definition of this condition. Instead, it comprises a range of issues that affect the movement and function of the jaw. The temporomandibular joint serves as a hinge that allows the jaw to move up and down during speaking, chewing, and other activities. When this joint is damaged or dysfunctional, patients typically experience problems when performing these routine tasks.

Causes of TMJ

Information made available by the NIH indicates that trauma to the jaw is the most common factor in developing TMJ issues. Genetic issues and gender may also play a role; women are somewhat more likely to develop this condition than men are. Grinding, gritting, or clenching your teeth may also cause damage to the temporomandibular joint.

Should I Be Tested for TMJ?

If you are experiencing pain in your teeth or jaw, scheduling an examination with a TMJ specialist can help you to determine whether this condition is responsible for your discomfort. We can provide you with an expert diagnosis and a treatment plan to provide you with real relief for your dental condition.

TMJ Symptoms

Temporomandibular joint disorders can cause a range of symptoms, including the following:

  • Clicking, popping, or grinding noises when opening or closing your mouth widely
  • Pain in the sinuses, neck, jaw, teeth, or other areas associated with the TMJ region
  • Migraine-like headaches
  • Inability to bite properly or pain when biting or chewing
  • A limited range of movement when opening or closing the jaw

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, scheduling an appointment with our dental facility can provide you with the most effective strategies for TMJ relief and the best possible outcomes for your particular case.

Treatments for TMJ

Because each of our patients is different, we cannot recommend one TMJ cure for all those affected by this disorder. Severe cases may require TMJ surgery to correct issues with the temporomandibular joint and to relieve pain associated with this condition. Over-the-counter or prescription medications may also be used to control pain and to manage inflammation that may occur in some patients. Your dentist will design the most effective TMJ treatment plan for your symptoms.

Diagnosing TMJ

Consulting a qualified dentist is the only certain way to diagnose TMJ and to distinguish it from other disorders. Our experienced professional staff can provide you with the right diagnosis and treatment plan for all your dental needs.

If you are currently experiencing any of the symptoms of TMJ, call our office today to schedule an appointment. We will provide you with the most advanced treatments and the personal attention you need to achieve your brightest smile ever.

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