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Patients who have problems with the TMJ joint and its related muscles and structural anatomy have temporomandibular disorder (TMD) or dysfunction. People who do not have teeth rarely have TMD. Often the occlusal trauma or poor alignment of the teeth causes TMD symptoms. However it is not just a bad bite that creates problems but also how a person uses their teeth. A person with a significantly bad bite that rarely puts their teeth together may not experience symptoms. A person with a minimally bad bite and frequently clenches their teeth is more likely to experience symptoms.

A comprehensive examination aids in identifying people with TMD and those that are displaying the signs of developing TMD. Preventive treatment includes the fabrication of an orthosis (orthotic mouth guard/splint). The splint establishes neuromuscular harmony of the teeth with the jaw joints and muscles.

Neuromuscular dentistry involves a careful evaluation of the patient and their response to splint treatment. The use of electronic measuring devices is not necessary as they often do not create consistent readings and they do not measure all of the muscles involved in the complex positioning of the jaw. Dentists who rely heavily on the use of the myomonitor and other electronic measurements are often led to believe more restorative treatment is necessary. The myomonitor created bite is often a more open treatment position than if splint therapy and exquisite observation is employed. When a bite is treated to a more open treatment position, the dentist often recommends restoring a significant number of teeth with crowns. In over 30 years of treating patients, Dr. Warga has been successful in treating patients with more conservative restorations than those proposed by dentists using electronically generated bites.

Our splint is a much more sophisticated oral appliance that is used for diagnostics and therapeutic needs. Our splints are unique so that we can create a proposed change in orthodontic or structural position and function before committing to permanent treatment.

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Looking to establish a new dental home? We offer a wide variety of dental services to help you create the perfect smile. Whether you are looking for a dental professional who can help restore your smile using cosmetic dentistry, dental implants or treat your sleep apnea condition, our team is committed to providing the highest quality dental care. If you have a general question, comment, or need to schedule an appointment, feel free to send us a message! For emergencies, or to cancel or reschedule an appointment, please call our office at:
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At our facility, we make sure each patient that walks through our door receives the very best services for their dental needs.

Now finding a dentist in Winnetka, IL has never been easier. From prosthetics to occlusal function, we will assist in any dental work you need, helping you smile with confidence each and every day. If you're ready to take your oral health into your own hands and achieve a stunning smile that you're absolutely proud of, contact our staff today.