If you’re experiencing jaw pain, the problem could be your temporomandibular joints (TMJ), which connect your jaw to your skull. TMJ disorder is caused when your jaw joints become dislocated, inflamed, or otherwise stressed. Dental issues like chronic teeth grinding or a misaligned bite are often contributing factors.
Glen Ellyn, IL dentist Dr. John Workman offers TMJ treatments to soothe your aching jaw and return your normal oral function. You’ll also get relief from painful conditions associated with TMJ, like chronic headaches and earaches. Our treatments typically involve:
- No surgery
- No pills
- No shots
- No adverse reactions
Dr. Workman has successfully treated TMJ disorders for three decades. He can even use special software to show you how your bite can contribute to jaw pain!
For pain-free TMJ treatment, call John C. Workman, DDS Dental Artistry at 630-448-8418.
Get Treatment From an Expert
Though it’s not uncommon for dentists to treat TMJ disorder, many do not have much training or hands-on experience with it. Dr. Workman has 30 years of experience in this area and even studied under Dr. Henry Tanner, a pioneer of TMJ treatment who has an oral appliance named after him. And as a visiting faculty member at the Pankey Institute, Dr. Workman taught other dentists about TMJ and related bite problems.
Dr. Workman on TMJ and teeth grinding Read Transcript
I was introduced to TMJ treatment right out of dental school, something I’ve been doing for over 30 years. And we are able to help people, in most instances very quickly, because most of them are muscle imbalances caused by the way the teeth come together and what you’re doing with your teeth: clenching and grinding.
So I look at it basically, in two ways:when people say “TMJ,“it’s either a joint problem, or it’s a muscle imbalance, which is oftentimes painful also, or it can be a combination.
If it’s just muscle, it’s pretty easy to just place an appliance in the mouth and get the muscles calmed down. That puts less pressure in the joint, can make a joint feel better also.
But in today’s environment, through CT scans and MRIs, if you can’t get comfortable with an appliance, you have symptoms of pain coming actually from the joint that’s right in front of the ear, this pain is muscle pain. This pain is joint pain and there are people we can put you in touch with that can help you if it is a joint problem, and you choose to go that direction.
Most of what we do is place an appliance and adjust it so that the muscles can be comfortable and putting less force on the joint. Sometimes all you need is someone to help you maintain the problem, and most of the patients we see and treat are better because just of that: just appliance therapy.
As with any procedure in our office, Dr. Workman uses the latest technology like digital X-rays to diagnose TMJ disorders. Two treatment methods are:
- A custom nightguard to prevent you from clenching your jaw and grinding your teeth, two common causes of TMJ disorders. Since you use some of the most powerful muscles in the human body when you clench and grind, you put tremendous pressure on your jaw and often cause dental damage. The nightguard comfortably keeps you from these harmful habits.
- Occlusal equilibration. Dr. Workman reshapes your teeth to better align your bite and ensure healthy contact between your upper and lower teeth. He may simply shave off a tiny bit of your teeth in a process similar to filing a fingernail, or he may use orthodontics or restorations like dental crowns to improve your bite. You’ll likely notice your bite feels more solid, and you’ll be able to chew more easily than before.
You’ll understand exactly what’s happening with your TMJ because Dr. Workman can use BiteFX software to show you how your bite can affect your jaw.
Don’t put up with jaw pain, headaches, and other TMJ symptoms! Call 630-448-8418 for a consultation with a TMJ expert. Our Glen Ellyn, IL dentist office is located at 45 South Park Blvd., near Roosevelt Glen Corporate Center.