TMJ Disorder Therapy & Surgery in Chicago
The temporomandibular joints are located in front of your ears where the skull and lower jaw meet. Despite their small stature, the job they have is a critical one – they allow your lower jaw (also known as the mandible) to move and function properly. Pain and dysfunction can occur in this area for a number of reasons, including bruxism (a common habit that involves the grinding and clenching of teeth), injury, a misaligned bite, or even arthritis. This condition, known as TMJ disorder, can be complex, and your general dentist may refer you to a trusted oral surgeon like Dr. Firas Katabi or Dr. Emily Smythe for a thorough evaluation and diagnosis. With state-of-the-art CT and 3D imaging technology here at Armitage Oral Surgery, we can help Chicago, IL patients better understand their symptoms and receive the guidance they need to reclaim a pain-free life.
There are several available treatment options that can restore harmony to the temporomandibular joints following a thorough consultation with Dr. Katabi and Dr. Smythe. They include:
- Stress management techniques, including the use of oral appliances and biofeedback.
- Self-care that involves jaw rest, diet alterations, the application of ice and heat, exercises, improved posture, etc.
- Pain relievers and like-minded medications.
- Physical therapy sessions.
If Oak Park, IL patients are experiencing severe symptoms or have not found relief with the above methods, Dr. Katabi and Dr. Smythe may recommend TMJ surgery, such as open joint repair or TMJ arthroscopy.