Testimonials

Dr. Kathy is the best! She is my dentist. For parents with children they will provide 'warm fuzzies for them. My daughter will now be bringing my 3 granddaughters there. State of the art equipment & the staff there is amazing. HIGHLY recommend! Keri C.

GREAT. Amazing service. Each time I'm there I feel so taken care of & very well-informed about how to better take care of my teeth and mouth. Highly recommend! Briana C.

The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. Dr Cathy did both my exam and cleaning, and answered all my questions. This was my first visit to Celebrating Smiles, but I feel as if I have been going here for years. I definitely plan on scheduling my future appointments at Celebrating Smiles. Nannette B.

Love it!! Love Bridget and Dr. Cathy. Wonderful experience, so glad we changed to Celebrating Smiles. Laura H.

DR. CHU and her staff are WONDERFUL ,at Celebrating Smiles they do an outstanding job to ensure a great dental experience. Dolores is a pleasure, the best hygienist ever! - Gina K.

I had to come in for my first cavity and beforehand I let them know it was between work and school for me. They said a half n hour time is all they need to get the job done and to my delighted surprise it was twenty-five minutes! Wonderful group of workers who love their jobs and create a welcoming atmosphere. - Michael S.

Very through exam by Dr Cathy! Everything was we'll explained and talked about! Already scheduled my follow up appointment, and my 6 month cleaning! - Kaley J.

Have been with Celebrating Smiles for over 15 years now and the whole family has greatly appreciated the relationship and service above and beyond. - Ted E.

I cannot say enough about the quality and care given at this office. Dr. Chu has an amazing staff that is incredibly genuine and sincere. They care deeply for their patients. I am not an easy patient to deal with and they never cease to amaze me at how well I am treated there. I have never had good experiences at any other dentist office. Dr. Nguyen is my Dentist there. I can go on and on about how great she and her team are, but I think you get the idea. Hands down the best office, best staff, best care, and best everything! I highly recommend them. - Jordan C.

Dr Cathy makes going to the dentist feel like a beautification day! It's not the usual awful experience that makes people hate going to the dentist. She will change your outlook! You need to go see her! - Anna M.

TMJ

TMJDiagnosticChart-Elgin-IL-DentistThe temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint that connects the jaw to the temporal bones of the skull. Temporomandibular joint disorder, known more commonly as TMD, occurs when there are problems with the muscles and jaws in the face.

There are many signs and symptoms of TMD. It’s often hard to know for sure if you have TMD, because one or all of these symptoms can also be present for other problems. Some of the most common TMD symptoms include:

  • Pain in the face, jaw or ear area
  • Headaches (often mimicking migraines), earaches, and pain and pressure behind the eyes
  • A clicking or popping sound when opening or closing the mouth
  • Jaw that “gets stuck,” locked or goes out of place
  • Tenderness and soreness of the jaw muscles sometimes extending to the face
  • Trouble chewing or biting, opening and closing the mouth
  • Swelling of the face
  • A sudden change in the person’s dental occlusion (the way the upper and lower teeth fit together)

To properly diagnose TMD, our office will conduct a thorough medical and dental evaluation and may take certain X-rays (panoramic) to evaluate the jaw joint and surrounding structures and check your occlusion or bite. We may check the muscles and tissues of the head and neck to test for inflammation. Certain exercises and movements may be involved, and you may get a referral to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon or other specialists for further evaluation and diagnosis.

While there is no single cure for TMD, there are different treatments that may reduce your symptoms dramatically. We may recommend one or more of the following:

  • Trying to eliminate muscle spasm and pain by applying moist heat, performing stretching exercises and applying cold compresses.
  • Reducing the harmful effects of clenching and grinding by wearing a night guard or splint. Custom-made to fit the mouth, the device slips over the upper teeth and keeps them from grinding against the lower teeth.
  • Learning relaxation techniques to help control muscle tension in the jaw.
  • TMD patients may be referred to specialists that can provide transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulator (TENS) using low-level electrical currents to relax joint and facial muscles and provide relief. Also, low-level laser therapy can assist in helping the neck to move more freely.
  • A dentist may prescribe non-steroidal-anti-inflammatory drugs, muscle relaxants or other over the counter pain relievers and anti-inflammatory drugs to relieve pain and swelling.
  • If untreated and taken to extremes, surgery may be required to repair a badly damaged joint.
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