Benefits of TMJ Treatment Questions and Answers
Do you have a problem with your jaw joint, or think you may have TMJ disorder? If so, you might be thinking about having it addressed by a professional. We can treat you here at Koala® Center For Sleep & TMJ Disorders. Please call us for more information or book an appointment online. We have 10 clinic locations. We Serve Patients From All Over the USA. Locations in Bloomington IL, Peoria – Dunlap IL, Mishawaka IN, Kansas City MO, El Paso TX and Wausau WI.
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TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, and you have two of them located just below your ears where your lower jaw meets your skull.
A disorder of these joints might make eating or even speaking painful, produce a clicking or popping sound in the jaw, as well as many other symptoms. Even your sleep can be affected. If you’ve been experiencing pain, jaw clicking, or other jaw-related symptoms for some time now, then it’s definitely time to see a professional about it.
A minor issue with the TMJ may go away on its own, or could be helped, by stopping some harmful habits like excessive gum chewing and gnashing on ice, but a significant disorder of the TMJ might never go away unless it’s professionally treated. If a disorder isn’t addressed, it can lead to more serious complications, so there definitely are some major benefits of TMJ treatment.
When TMJ disorder isn’t addressed properly or at all, the disorder, its cause, and the symptoms could get much worse leading to joint inflammation, permanent joint damage, the wearing down of your tooth surfaces, and many other symptoms that may not appear to have any relationship to the jaw. Patients who suffer from TMJ disorders may also suffer from sleep apnea. Severe, untreated sleep apnea may put you at greater risk for heart disease, and even death.
Symptom relief is what drives most patients to seek treatment. You may be experiencing jaw pain, a popping or clicking jaw, pain behind the eyes or in the ears, difficulty swallowing, ringing in the ears, ear congestion, facial pain, frequent headaches, or other issues. Instead of treating the symptoms and bringing temporary relief, wouldn’t you prefer to correct the root cause?
The root cause in your case could stem from arthritis in the jaw, a prior injury, or another issue, and a TMJ professional can help to correctly identify and manage your care to prevent further complications.
If you have just a simple issue with your jaw, it may be relieved with simple jaw stretches and exercises we can teach you here at Koala® Center For Sleep & TMJ Disorders. For TMJ disorder, there are different methods of treatment, but one of the most effective methods is using a neuromuscular orthotic and TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) with oral appliance therapy.
Our professionals will identify how your teeth should come together to ensure your muscles, nerves and TM joints are at their most comfortable and relaxed state. TENS will reduce swelling and facilitate healing of your joints. The neuromuscular orthotic will be worn over your lower teeth to prevent over closing and place your teeth together in the “true rest position.” Most patients find relief quickly, and wish that they had found our services years earlier.
Yes, we likely do! Koala® Center For Sleep & TMJ Disorders has clinic locations in Bloomington IL, Peoria – Dunlap IL, Mishawaka IN, Kansas City MO, El Paso TX and Wausau WI. Please refer to our Locations page for the location nearest you, its address, and its contact information, then connect with us at that location. We’ll happily answer your questions over the phone or book you in for a consultation with one of our TMJ doctors.
We look forward to speaking with you soon and seeing you here at Koala® Center For Sleep & TMJ Disorders!