TMJ Treatment in Oak Park, Illinois

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At Oak Park Dental Associates, we specialize in the treatment of TMJ. For more information about TMJ treatments and bite problems, contact us today.

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TMJ / Jaw Pain Evaluation / Management

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What is TMJ?

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) is a complex health condition frequently misdiagnosed by dentists and doctors.

You may receive treatment for the headaches TMJ causes only to continue to struggle with neck and shoulder pain or ringing in the ears. After visiting several professionals and not getting any real help, you may conclude that it’s all in your head or that you just have to live with it.

This approach is unacceptable to Dr. Nathaniel Lim at Oak Park Dental Associates. He will work with you to uncover the cause of your TMJ and finds the type of relief that works best for you.

Common Symptoms of TMJ

One reason for the misdiagnosis of TMJ is that it presents many symptoms not commonly associated with an oral health condition. Some of the most typical symptoms of this disorder include:

  • Back, neck, or shoulder pain
  • Bite problems
  • Clicking or popping sound when you open your mouth
  • Damaged and/or worn teeth
  • Ear symptoms such as tinnitus or vertigo
  • Facial pain
  • Frequent headaches
  • Numbness and tingling in the hands and feet
  • Pain in the jaw and/or teeth

You may experience only a few symptoms from this list or nearly all of them. Sometimes symptoms seem to disappear for a while only to return with greater severity. What makes it especially challenging is that you may not realize that your seemingly random symptoms have a common cause. It’s also common for patients to develop secondary issues due to the TMJ such as sleep apnea or depression.

Understanding the Different Types of TMJ

With over ten years of managing and comprehensive treatment of jaw function and bite problems, Dr. Lim truly understands the complexity of this dental disorder. A simple explanation is that TMJ involves an imbalance in the entire jaw system. In reality, TMJ is a catch-all term to describe the several overlapping conditions that produce similar symptoms. Because of this, TMJ was known by more than a dozen different names prior to the 1990s. It was at this point that the American Academy of Orofacial Pain and the Craniomandibular Institute gave it the name temporomandibular joint disorder.

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These are just three of the potential types of TMJ that Dr. Lim can successfully treat.

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