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TMJ Dentist in Des Plaines, IL

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is where the lower jaw meets the skull, which lets it move. Disorders in this area are fairly common and can lead to headaches, earaches, and difficulty opening the mouth. Jeffrey Halpern, DDS, is the leading TMJ dentist in Des Plaines, IL, and can determine the cause of whatever is ailing you. This is imperative, as the cause of the problem is what guides the treatment to correct it. At our practice, we offer quality surgical options for each patient on an individual basis that relieves the symptoms.

Because patients can experience a mix of muscle and joint issues, TMJ disorder treatment and diagnosis is a complex process. Fortunately, our surgeon is a specialist with more than 24 years of experience in this area. He has been well-trained in working with the mouth, jaws, teeth, and beyond and has the technology needed to do so. Only a qualified doctor should be trusted to take care of you, and that's exactly what we have to offer.

Anatomy of the TMJ in Des Plaines, IL   

About TMJ Dental Treatment

Treatment of TMJ varies greatly depending on the diagnosis, and most problems get better with time. TMJ dental treatment can involve anything from short-term drugs to therapy and counseling to surgery. In some cases we start patients out on more conservative treatments and move to surgery if these are unsuccessful, but this is rare. Our facial surgeon has had a very positive track record with conservative therapy, and when surgery is needed, it's rarely an invasive one.

Your best bet for successful treatment is to come see us as soon as you begin to feel that something isn't right. We don't want you suffering any more pain than absolutely necessary, and the sooner you come in, the sooner we can make it go away. The worse an issue is allowed to get, the longer treatment takes and the more expensive it gets.

What Causes the Need for TMJ Disorder Treatment?

There are a number of ways TMJ disorders can happen, but the most common are trauma and arthritis. Injury that results in the disk of the jawbone becoming dislocated or displaced restricts jaw movement. Arthritis can happen either from the injury or from grinding teeth at night. In worse cases the parts of the TMJ fuse, and jaw movement is completely hindered. Only professional TMJ disorder treatment from an experienced doctor like ours can help once this point is reached.

Contact us so we can begin diagnosing your symptoms. We welcome TMJ patients from Des Plaines, Arlington Heights, Park Ridge, Rosemont, and Chicago, Illinois, and the surrounding communities.
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"LOVE! Dr Halpern and his staff made me feel so comfortable when I had my wisdom teeth removed. Would definitely recommend!!!"
—Louise Taylor, Nov 28, 2016