TMJ Treatment An Overview
Dr. Brent Engelberg and Dr. Jennifer Mullarkey offer comprehensive dental services in Arlington Heights, including diagnosis and treatment for complex adult dental problems such as temporomandibular disorders (TMD). Commonly called TMJ, a TMD can have a variety of causes, most of which are related to an imbalance in the bite which puts undue pressure on the jaw joints.
TMJ often results in pain, headaches, and clicking or popping of the jaw point. TMJ can also lead to teeth grinding and/or clenching which can cause damage to the teeth and gums over time.
Common Symptoms of TMJ
In almost all cases, a TMJ disorder will cause tooth wear and may contribute to tooth decay and/or (gum) disease. Common TMJ Symptoms include:
- Teeth grinding or clenching, often characterized by tooth wear
- Frequent headaches
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Limited mobility in the jaw
- Clicking or popping when opening or closing jaw
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TMJ Treatment What to Expect
Dr. Engelberg or Dr. Mullarkey will evaluate all aspects of your occlusal system during a thorough dental exam to determine the cause of your bite problem and appropriate treatment. Using BioJVA™ joint analysis technology, Drs. Engelberg and Mullarkey can identify an imbalance in the bite and/or stress in the jaw joints, using this information to personalize your treatment and ensure that your results will provide a lasting comfortable smile.
Dr. Basko and Dr. Engelberg have received training from the American Academy of Facial Esthetics to help treat patients with TMJ using Botox Therapeutic injections. Botox is a non-invasive and non-surgical treatment option for TMJ. Botox targets specific muscle groups allowing the facial muscles to relax, temporarily reducing TMJ related headaches and the jaw pain associated with TMJ. Results typically last about 6 months. For your convenience, you can receive your Botox touch-ups during your bi-annual dental check-ups.
Mouth Guard and Splint Therapy
As a conservative option, Dr. Engelberg and Dr. Mullarkey often recommend the use of a mouth guard or dental splint to alleviate specific symptoms of TMJ disorder. A mouth guard or splint is often the first step, used early in treatment and not needed as a long-term solution. A dental split can be helpful to help identify a comfortable and stable bite position.
Bite Correction Therapy
This process is a series of adjustments made to the teeth which may include:
- Removing tooth structure
- Applying dental crowns or porcelain veneers
- Orthodontic treatment
- Implant dentistry
If the teeth are not in proper position, orthodontics may be needed to reposition the teeth, allowing them to fit together harmoniously. Dr. Engelberg and Dr. Mullarkey are Chicago Invisalign providers and may recommend this orthodontic treatment option when appropriate for restoring balance to the bite and supporting long-term dental health.
In cases where teeth have been significantly worn and damaged restorative dentistry may be needed to bring the teeth back to their proper health and beauty. Drs. Engelberg or Mullarkey may use dental crowns, porcelain veneers, or cosmetic tooth bonding to restore your teeth and create proper tooth contact.