TMJ Pain Relief
TMJ Pain Relief
Neuromuscular dentistry addresses the relationship of the relaxed muscles of the jaw, head and neck to body posture. Thirty years of research and clinical experience have shown the neuromuscular technique to be effective in treating people with various levels of head and neck pain.

Many people suffer from unexplained pain in their face, jaw, or teeth, sometimes referred to as Myofacial Pain Dysfunction [MPD], and are not sure of the origin of their condition or how to solve it. You may have heard of other terms that describe this condition such as Temporoman- dibular Joint Disorder [TMD], Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome [TMJ], or Craniomandibular Dysfunction [CMD].

IF YOU ARE SUFFERING FROM:
- Headaches or neck aches
- Neck shoulder or back pain
- Numbness in your fingers and arms
- Facial pain
- Clicking or grating sound in the jaw joints
- Limited movement or locking of the jaw
- Congestion or stuffiness of the ears
- Worn chipping or cracked teeth
- Cracking, chipping, or breaking dental restorations
- Pain or soreness around the jaw joints
- Pain in teeth that seems to move around
- Unexplained loose teeth

THEN WE MAY BE ABLE TO HELP YOU

Research shows that the underlying conditions that cause these symptoms can be divided into three components, which oftentimes either go unnoticed or are overlooked. These components are: structural, biochemical and emotional.

The structural component relates to the actual way your jaw opens and closes in relation to the bone structure, bite, and muscle activity. In most cases, people who suffer from TMJ symptoms have a structural imbalance present which stems from occlusal disease [misaligned bite], and leads to over-activation of the jaw, head and neck muscles. Over a period of time, this can lead to tension, pain, and spasms, and usually is a major reason why the biochemical and emotional conditions subsequently become a factor as well.

MPD, TMJ, TMD, or CMD, is a chronic illness that affects 40 million people at any one time. There are many people who have no pain but still have occlusal disease [misaligned bite]. People with pain are often told by physicians that the pain is all in their head, and are convinced that strong pain medications are the answer.

Take a bite out of TMJ pain
Through the use of sophisticated computer analysis and the J-5 Myomonitor, we can help manage or alleviate TMJ pain by objectively determining a natural, comfortably balanced jaw position, and correcting a misaligned bite. We use TENS [Transcutaneous Electrical Neural Stimulation] to relax the muscles of the head and neck. TENS is also used to relieve pain caused by spasm and tension by releasing endorphins, the body's own natural pain killers.

Through the combined use of TENS and jaw-tracking, we are able to find a physiological rest position for the jaw, or a position which is compatible with the relaxed muscles. EMG [Electromyography] is used to objectively look at the electrical activity in the muscles, and ESG [Sonography] to evaluate joint noises.

These sophisticated instruments have been used in medical specialties for years and are being used in neuromuscular dentistry to measure muscle dysfunction of the jaw, a major component in many headaches. This objective collection of data is then analyzed and combined with specialized joint x-rays to diagnose the problem, after which a precise and individualized treatment plan is developed that most often leads to improvement and / or elimination of pain.

As a chronic degenerative disease, it often takes years to develop TMJ. With new techniques and the objective computerized data, we have been able to help many that have been previously unable to find relief.

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Dr. Sam Simos is an Illinois licensed general dentist who provides Neuromuscular Dentistry for the Chicago, Illinois metro area including Batavia, Bolingbrook, Burr Ridge, Downers Grove, Elgin, Geneva, Glen Ellyn, Hindsdale, Hoffman Estates, Lemont, Lisle, Lockport, Marseilles, Minooka, Naperville, Oak Brook, Ottawa, Schaumburg, Spring Valley, St Charles, Western Springs, Wheaton, and Woodridge areas.
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