Comprehensive TMJ Disorder Treatment to Achieve Lasting Pain Relief
Dr. Scott A. Emalfarb offers temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder therapy to alleviate headaches, neck pain, and other symptoms related to this condition. He has extensive experience with TMJ disorder treatment, so he can quickly and accurately diagnose and perform appropriate, customized care based on the underlying cause of your discomfort. In most cases, Dr. Emalfarb can provide a custom oral appliance, crafted from impressions taken at his Chicago, IL, practice. However, in other instances, he may perform more comprehensive treatment to realign your bite or redistribute the pressure on your jaw joints. In either case, he will monitor your progress to ensure dramatic results and an improved quality of life.
The TMJ is responsible for distributing equal force across your jaw when you bite; when the TMJ is misaligned, you could experience significant pain.
What Is TMJ Disorder?
Your TMJs are the two joints on each side of your jaw. They allow for up and down movements, as well as side to side motion. You use your TMJs countless times each day. Of course, they come under a lot of pressure when you eat, speak, or otherwise move your jaw joints. If you clench your jaw or grind your teeth, the joints are even more strained. A misaligned bite can have a similar effect, since it will put uneven pressure on your TMJs.
As a result of imbalance, daily strain, or facial trauma, TMJ disorder can develop in several ways. Each joint contains a soft internal disc that cushions the bones and allows for smooth movement. Sometimes, this disc can slip, and the resulting friction can be very painful and inflame the nearby tissues.
Diagnosing TMJ Disorder
Many times, an evaluation of your symptoms will be the easiest way to diagnose TMJ Disorder. Effects of the condition can include:
- Localized jaw pain, especially when biting and chewing
- Radiating pain across your lower face
- Ear pain
- A ringing noise in your ears (tinnitus)
- Swelling in your lower face
- Frequent headaches
- A clicking noise when you move your jaw
- Jaw stiffness or an inability to open your mouth all the way
To ensure that your diagnosis is accurate, Dr. Emalfarb will conduct a complete exam using our advanced technology. He will manually check your facial muscles and observe your jaw movement. He will also evaluate your dental alignment as well as your head and neck position.
Dr. Emalfarb can provide a custom oral appliance crafted from impressions taken of your teeth, or he may perform more comprehensive treatment to realign your bite or redistribute the pressure on your jaw joints.
TMJ Disorder Therapy with Dr. Emalfarb
Oral appliances are the most common treatment for TMJ Disorder. Typically worn only at night, your device will gently realign your jaw by pushing your lower jaw forward, alleviating the pressure on your TMJs. After only a few nights of wear, swelling could go down, and your symptoms should greatly improve. The appliance will be crafted from digital impressions of your teeth. Therefore, it will be remarkably comfortable, and you should not find it difficult to sleep while wearing the device.
In other cases, you may require more aggressive care for your TMJ Disorder, especially if the condition is caused by dental misalignment or erosion. In these instances, Dr. Emalfarb will often provide dental restorations. He may rebuild worn teeth with crowns or replace missing teeth with a bridge or dental implants. Thus, he can ensure that the force of your bite is evenly distributed across your dental arches. If necessary, he can refer you to an orthodontist for braces or other specialized treatment.
Alleviate Your Discomfort
No matter which treatment you receive for TMJ Disorder, Dr. Emalfarb will monitor your progress and adjust your treatment plan if needed. Contact our office online to book a diagnostic consultation. You can also call our office at (773) 472-6322 to speak to a member of our team with any questions you may have about TMJ Disorder Therapy.