Physiologic Dentistry in Chicago

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Physiologic Dentistry for your Chicago TMJ problems

Chicago physiologic dentist, TMJ disorder, If you are suffering with undiagnosed or troubling symptoms such as headaches, ear pain, vision issues, neck, back or shoulder aches or postural problems, you could be dealing with a TMJ issue. TMJ refers to the temporomandibular joint. This is the central hinge in your jaw that allows the bottom to swing open and shut with ease. When everything is working the way that it should, movement usually  flows without a problem. However, you are likely to have serious problems if something is out of balance. Pain is the primary concern that plagues most patients with a TMJ disorder. Physiologic dentistry can offer you solutions.

Treat the source of your jaw problems

A misaligned bite is often the cause of a jaw joint disorder. This problem with the alignment of your jaw can result from stress, grinding your teeth, a blow to the jaw, improper development of the jaw, or problems with the surface of your teeth. Regardless of the cause, it can cause serious discomfort.  Physiologic dentistry offers you TMJ treatment that can address the problem with your jaw to help you find relief.

An approach that is tailored to treat your jaw

When you turn to a dentist who focuses on Physiologic Dentistry, a proper diagnosis of your TMJ disorder is the first step. From that point, the main goal is to resolve your jaw disorder with a TMJ treatment designed to restore your optimal jaw position. Jaw relaxation can also be helpful in restoring your physiological health.

The  principle behind Physiologic Dentistry is to help bring physiological health back to your jaw. A Chicago Physiologic Dentist doesn’t aim to “heal” his or her patients. The goal is to correct bite alignment issues and muscle-related problems which block the body from healing itself.

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If you would like to learn more about Physiologic Dentistry and if it can help resolve your jaw joint issues, please schedule a consultation.







Choosing a TMJ Provider

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3 Things to consider when choosing a TMJ provider

things to consider when choosing a TMJ treatment provider, Chicago, Deerfield, Evanston, Highland Park, Kenilworth, Lake Bluff, Lake Forest, Libertyville, Lincolnshire, Mettawa, Morthon Grove, Northbrook, Northfield, Skokie, Vernon Hills, Wilmette, Winnetka, IlMost people associate body pain with the actual sensation area, but disorders in the temporomandibular joint, located directly in front of the ear, can create pain throughout the upper body region. The truth is that much pain around the neck area and below can be related to physiologic system problems extending from the TMJ.

When faced with neck, shoulder or back pain, many people turn to physiotherapists or chiropractors for relief, but, when the cause of the pain stems from the jaw, a dentist may be your best bet to help resolve the problem.

1. Training in physiologic dentistry

The TMJ is where the lower jaw connects to the base of the skull. A regular dentist may understand this relationship, but not necessarily be trained in diagnosing and repairing the problem.

Diagnosis of a TMJ disorder often requires a dentistry physician who has been specifically trained in detecting temoromandibular misalignment.

2. A clinic with the proper diagnostic technology

Standard x-rays are not the only diagnostic methods needed to pinpoint TMJ disorders. An accurate diagnosis is often done through computerized equipment designed specifically for evaluating the multiple components of the temporo-mandibular jaw joint.

Physiologic dentistry diagnosis can also require utilization of computer technology in measuring the impact on the complex muscle arrangement in the lower jaw. Dental specialists operating in a TMJ technical clinic understand that this region of the body can impact extended areas in multiple ways. The use of computer analysis can help the dental specialist track the actual path of associated referred pain in delivering an accurate diagnosis for a more effective treatment regimen.

3. A dentist who will listen to you

Talking rather than listening is not always a good treatment approach with TMJ disorders because each problem is unique is some aspect.

Finding a dentist who will listen to your particular difficulties can provide additional information to your dental history, making a significant difference in developing a treatment plan that is structured exactly to fit your dental needs. Listening to the patient can always help provide additional information to use in determining an effective treatment plan.

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