Are you looking for a TMJ specialist in the Bloomingdale area? If so, we invite you to schedule an appointment with our dental office by calling (630) 980-3880. We are conveniently located near Stratford Square Mall and treat patients throughout Bloomingdale, Bartlett, Glendale Heights and Carol Stream. During your initial consultation, we will provide a gentle examination and thoroughly study your circumstance. We will go through a series of questions to appreciate the full scope of your symptoms with the impact it has to your daily routine. It is important that you see a dental expert that understands the nature of TMJ and the need for carefulness during care. Otherwise, your jaw and muscles can go through additional irritation, leading to further discomfort.
Symptoms of TMJ
How do you feel when waking up? Are you experiencing any of the following symptoms?
- Painful, Aching Jaw
- Sore, Sensitive Teeth
- Stiff Neck
- Tension Headaches
- Morning Headaches
Are you clenching or grinding teeth at night ,while asleep, and/or during the day? If so, this is the result to some of the strongest muscles in your body tensing up. These muscle tense up 6 to 20 times more severely than non-sufferers. This can cause morning headaches, tension headaches and damage around the surrounding joints, teeth, and other muscles. The temporalis muscles are located on the sides of your head and you use them to chew or close the mouths. When you clench your teeth, these muscles can create a great deal of stress and tension. Your jaw joints, neck muscles, and teeth can all be affected. Clenching or grinding can also cause teeth to fracture, crack, or break.
The NTI-tss (Nocieceptive Trigeminal Inhibition Tension Suppression System) is a FDA approved dental device that can help stop headaches, sore jaw, stiff neck, and sensitive teeth. This popular guard for grinding teeth suppresses the clenching reflex by preventing the posterior teeth from contracting each other. In turn, this eliminates teeth-grinding altogether. There is no surface to bite down on or bite into.
STOP the clenching and STOP the pain with this innovative appliance therapy! This device reduces the intensity of involuntary clenching and grinding teeth at night while sleeping. It can also help during the day if stress triggers clenching at work or home. The NTI device minimizes the clenching intensity and, in time, minimizes intense clenching as the source of your pain.
Dr. Evans can custom-fabricate this appliance for you in office, so there is no impression, no lab and no wait! The appointment takes approximately 30 minutes. The device fits over your upper 2 front teeth, or in some cases the lower 2 front teeth
Results vary from patient to patient. You can expect relief within just a few hours to a few weeks; it all depends. Many patients report significant relief overnight, others usually within a month. Your highly trained clenching muscles have to un-learn their intense activity. The time that it takes to accomplish this can vary.
The NTI device may also eliminate the need for prescription pain relievers and over the counter medications that you may take for stiffness or headaches. You may find that you are more productive and that you can do more throughout the day because you're pain free and more comfortable with less tension and stress.