TMJ and TMD Treatment
I started out with a lot of issues with my jaw. A lot of popping, clicking, and lots of headaches and pain. Went to an ENT and they actually referred me here. Ever since I started with the appliance I've seen a noticeable difference.... I’ve probably had one or two headaches out of like every two or three months. Which is drastically different than a couple a day. There is no more popping, I don't really have as much soreness while eating. Overall it has been a really positive experience. Read more
- Charvey Smith
If possible, I would post 10 stars for Dr. Charles Jelinek and his entire staff! Why? Because it is richly deserved. I suffered a fall and hit my head 14 months ago, and went from being a very healthy 70 year old woman, to a woman who suffered daily excruciating head and jaw pain. Months went by and I saw specialists after specialists, including internists, neurologists, and ENT doctors. Migraines, cluster headaches, and sinus infections were all ruled out as the source of my pain.... Luckily, I have a great neurologist who really did his homework by ruling out other conditions that would cause the constant level 10 pain I was experiencing. Approximately 6 months, after another examination, he said I believe your head and jaw pain is coming from TMJ, and I am going to refer you to Dr. Charles Jelinek, who is the best and most knowledgeable of dentists in this complex, often misunderstood condition. I immediately contacted Dr. Jelinek's office, made my first appointment, and began my road to recovery!!! My first visit lasted 1 1/2 hours and involved extensive xrays and scans of my head, jaw and face...no other dentist had ever taken this thorough of an approach. After reviewing all my tests, Dr. Jelinek spent 45 minutes going over in detail what my results were: A severe case of TMJ. Dr. Jelinek then ordered an appliance made to exact specifications based on the pertinent data from my tests. Fast forward to today, when I am celebrating my fifth month of wearing my lower mouth appliance 24/7, and rejoicing in the fact that my daily headaches have lessened to one or two a month, and my jaw pain is about 75% alleviated. For anyone out there who has TMJ and wants to alleviate the chronic head and jaw pain, run, don't walk, to see Dr. Jelinek. You will be greeted in the waiting room with fresh chocolate chip cookies, and warm smiling faces of his highly competent staff! Read more
- Bonnie Rekemeyer
The temporomandibular joints (TMJs) connect your jawbone to your skull. They are located at either side of the head, near the ears. These joints are essential in speaking, eating and making facial expressions. TMJ dysfunction, or TMD, occurs when there is a disruption in the proper anatomical function of these joints.
Symptoms of TMD vary from person to person. For many, jaw pain is most common. Depending on the cause of their TMJ dysfunction, some experience a popping or clicking sound when they yawn or chew. Because the TMJs are located near the ear, others can experience pain or pressure in and around the ear, and sometimes even ringing. These symptoms are more commonly referred to as tinnitus and otalgia.
Other common signs of TMJ dysfunction include headaches, migraines, vertigo and sensitivity to light (photophobia). Headaches tend to occur when the muscles around the TMJs become strained and/or go into spasm. Clenching and grinding (bruxism) are other factors that can be interrelated. When people become stressed, they tend to clench and grind their teeth, most of the time unknowingly. This can lead to toothaches, pain in the cheeks and gums, and even periodontal issues in some cases.
Sometimes the causes of TMD can be clear. Any traumatic impact to the joint (micro or macro trauma) can result in the dislocation of one or both TMJs. Whether it's a car accident, sports injury or fall down the stairs, these can all lead to the dislocation of a joint and/or misaligned bite. Having a misaligned bite, or malocclusion, makes every day actions like chewing strenuous to the TMJs. Over time, this strain will ultimately cause arthritis of the joints and inflammation to the surrounding tissues.
TMD has been linked to several diseases and disorders including fibromyalgia, Parkinson's, Tourette's, Dystonia and other types of muscle/movement disorders.
We strive to accurately pinpoint the source of your pain and provide relief using the very latest in non-invasive, non-surgical treatments.
Dr. Jelinek studied under his mentor, Dr. Brendan Stack, to learn a revolutionary approach for diagnosing and treating TMJ disorders.
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How often do you meet a dentist who gets excited and energized when you’re making progress? I admit I was jaded and skeptical about my TMJ plan. I was desperate after so many uncaring TMJ experts turned out to be a bandaid at best. This guy cares and his approach has changed my attitude about how much I can overcome the pain and side effects of TMJ. My results are beyond what I had imagined in my best case dreams. Still working towards a complete and lasting cure at 6 months. But I’m pain free in every sense and better every day. I’m confident I’ll get there for the first time ever. If you’re serious about getting this monkey off your back he’s your man. He gets my highest recommendation and thanks.
- Heather Callahan
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