TMJ Doctor Accepting New Patients
If you are in search of a TMJ doctor, come to Koala® Center For Sleep & TMJ Disorders. We accept new patients. For more information call us at one of our clinics today or request an appointment online. 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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The temporomandibular joint, often abbreviated as TMJ, is one of the most complex joints in the human body. Connecting the jawbone (mandible) to the side of the skull (temporal bones), the TMJ enables our jaws with a sliding hinge-like motion that can exert an incredible crushing force capable of pulverizing hard foods with relative ease. Due to the TMJ’s complexity, it can experience several problems, including pain, crepitus (popping, grating, or crunching sound), and a limited range of motion. Because of this, it is important for each person to have a TMJ specialist they can turn to when experiencing issues with this joint.
The best doctor to see for TMJ problems is a dentist who specializes in the treatment of sleep disorders. While all dentists are experts in mouth and jaw anatomy, those who choose to specialize in sleep disorders are even more qualified to address issues with the TMJ, the joint responsible for many sleeping problems. They can diagnose dysfunction in a person’s bite, identify obstructions in the airways, and determine if problems are caused by structural abnormalities in the TMJ itself. TMJ pain is complex and a skilled dentist can help determine the underlying cause of the disorder, as well as symptoms the patient may not even realize, are being caused by jaw misalignment.
There have been many recent developments in the treatment of TMJ disorders, many of which can provide long-lasting relief. One such treatment is TENS. Officially known as transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, TENS uses electrical signals to stimulate the nerves and retrain the muscles in the jaw to find the optimum rest position. To promote healing and maintain the new, corrected bite position, a custom-made neuromuscular orthotic may be created as part of the treatment.
After this initial process is complete, it may be necessary to permanently stabilize the jaw. This typically involves wearing long-term orthotic, and/or additional orthodontic treatments, such as placing crowns or veneers on the affected teeth. The techniques and technologies of neuromuscular dentistry can help patients with TMJ problems achieve a healthier bite, find relief from TMJ pain, and attain an even more beautiful smile. Other treatments for TMJ disorder include:
– Oral splints or mouth guards (occlusal appliances)
– Physical therapy, which may include jaw stretches, strengthening exercises, range of motion exercises, and ways to prevent future damage to the jaw
– Dietary changes, which often include eating soft foods that do not place a lot of strain on the jaw
Yes, we do! If you are experiencing problems with your TMJ, come to Koala® Center For Sleep & TMJ Disorders to find the best treatment for your situation. We are currently accepting new patients and would love to help you resolve your TMJ problems! Our dentists solely focus on disorders of the TMJ and treat thousands of patients with TMJ problems every year. This unmatched level of experience allows us to diagnose and treat even the most complex cases of TMJ disorder. When it comes to disorders of the jaw, we have seen everything under the sun and apply this knowledge to help as many people as possible achieve a better quality of life.
The doctors at Koala® Center For Sleep & TMJ Disorders are true TMJ specialists and can help you improve the health of your jaw. We believe each person has the right to professional care that can improve their quality of life and are currently accepting new patients! Call us for more information. We are looking forward to serving you.