Benefits of TMJ Treatment Questions and Answers
Do you have a problem with your jaw joint, or think you may have a 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, Lafayette IN, Mishawaka IN, Columbia MO, Kansas City MO, Albuquerque NM, Brewster NY, El Paso TX, Wausau WI.
Can a TMJ disorder go away on its own?
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 including painful headaches. 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 TMJ disorder isn’t addressed, it can lead to more serious complications, so there definitely are some major benefits of TMJ treatment.
What are the benefits of TMJ treatment?
When a 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 which only bring temporary relief, wouldn’t you prefer to correct the root cause? These issues likely won’t become chronic if they’re treated.
The root cause in your case could stem from arthritis in the jaw, a prior major injury, many minor injuries, or another issue. A TMJ professional can help to correctly identify and manage your care to prevent further complications.
What are the treatments for TMJ disorder?
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 more advanced TMJ disorders, there are different methods of treatment, but one of the most effective methods is using a neuromuscular orthotic and TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) through 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 and surrounding structures. The neuromuscular orthotic will be worn over your lower teeth to prevent over closing which puts stress and strain on the joint, and allows your teeth to sit nicely together in the ultimate “true rest position.” Most patients find relief quickly, and wish that they had found our services years earlier.
Do you offer TMJ treatment near me?
Yes, we likely do! Koala® Center for Sleep & TMJ Disorders has clinic locations in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, Texas, and Wisconsin. 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. Alternatively, you can call our head office at (855) 977-0400.
We look forward to speaking with you soon and seeing you here at Koala® Center for Sleep & TMJ Disorders!