Dr. Klein, North Barrington, IL Dentist, Easing the Pain of Patients with TMD

North Barrington, IL Dentist Dr. Debora Klein is helping to ease the chronic pain of new and existing patients who suffer from Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMD).  At Alpine Dental, Dr. Klein understands the myriad causes of TMD and offers a wide variety of solutions to help her patients lead healthier, more comfortable lives.

Because there are several forms of TMD, as well as a host of other conditions that can cause pain in the TMJ area, it is important to work with your dentist to determine whether you have TMD and what the underlying cause or causes may be.

The first step is for Dr. Klein and her team to take a detailed dental and medical history, being careful to note any symptoms, chronic illnesses, injuries to the TMJ area, and medications you are taking. Next, Dr. Klein will perform a comprehensive exam of your head and neck, paying particular attention to the jaw muscles and joints. To rule out other potential issues, she may recommend a screening X-ray during your initial visit. At this point, she should be able to recommend an initial treatment plan in most cases.

Since there are multiple forms of TMD with multiple causes, it is best to follow a conservative plan for treatment.

The first stage of TMD treatment should generally include mild painkillers or anti-inflammatory medications, application of heat to the affected area, simple jaw exercises, and use of a soft diet to reduce pressure on your jaw. Dr. Klein may ask you to keep a “pain diary” to note the frequency and intensity of your pain and to see how it trends over time. This can help to determine the best type of treatment for your individual needs.

If further measures are needed, the second stage may include physical therapy, a “bite guard” or other dental appliance, or relaxation training.

All of these are treatments that are reversible if found to be ineffective or unneeded as time passes. Irreversible procedures, such as surgeries, should be only be considered after all other options have been exhausted.

If you have been diagnosed with TMD or have any of the symptoms commonly associated with TMD, contact Alpine Dental for a consultation with Dr. Klein. For more information, visit their website at http://alpinedentalpc.com/.

Alpine Dental
428 N Rand Rd
North Barrington, IL 60010
Phone: (847) 277-0090
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