TMJ Therapy – Evanston, IL

Lasting Relief From Chronic Jaw Pain

Man in need of T M J therapy holding jaw in pain

The two hinges, called the temporomandibular joint, that connect your jaw to your skull allow you to easily open and close your mouth, making speaking, yawning, and chewing possible. When these joints aren’t functioning properly, this can cause chronic discomfort, including persistent jaw, head, neck, and ear pain. At Winning Smile Dental Group, we offer customized TMJ therapy in our Evanston, IL dental office to provide lasting relief.

Why Choose Winning Smile Dental Group for TMJ Therapy?

  • Customized Oral Appliances for TMJ Relief
  • Holistic Dentist with 34 years of Experience
  • State-of-the-Art Digital Impression System

Diagnosis & Treatment

Woman with jaw pain visiting dentist for T M J diagnosis and treatment

TMJ dysfunction often goes undiagnosed, resulting in long-term chronic pain as well as several additional symptoms. Here are some common signs to look out for at home:

  • Lockjaw
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Facial pain
  • Migraines
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Headaches
  • Clicking or popping jaw
  • Teeth grinding

If you notice any of these symptoms, be sure to contact our dental office to schedule an oral and facial examination with Dr. Reese.

Equilibration/ Occlusal Adjustments

Model of skull and jawbone demonstrating occlusal adjustment process

TMJ dysfunction is often a result of a misaligned bite. This can cause certain areas of your teeth and jaw to experience more force than others when you chew, resulting in tension and pain. For this, we may recommend an occlusal adjustment that allows us to alter your oral alignment to create an even and stable bite that eliminates any destructive forces impacting your TMJ. Establishing a balanced bite will help relieve symptoms of dysfunction and prevent serious issues from arising down the road.

Occlusal Splints

Hand holding up a clear occlusal splint

If your TMJ dysfunction is causing you to grind and clench your teeth at night, this customized mouthguard can help reduce the tension and protect your teeth from becoming damaged and worn down. The appliance can also shift your jaw into a more comfortable position, resulting in permanent improvements over time.