Testimonials

Dr. Cathy and Vicki are wonderful. I'm happy with their professionalism and careful work. I feel that they truly care about me and do their best to make the experience as best as possible. Denise G.

Excellent experience with Dr J. Thank you! Linda H.

I love this place!! They are so kind, considerate, and professional. I definitely recommend going here. Dr chu is absolutely amazing. This place is the best. Louis L.

This place is wonderful, they know what they are doing and are very active in your dental hygiene. Very friendly people.Kennedy W.

Very nice staff and the decor is pretty. They are very quick and do a great job. Ashley L.

Love Celebrating Smiles, Dr. Cathy is great! We were unhappy with our old dentist and Celebrating Smiles was recommend to us by a friend. So glad we decided to go there. The whole staff have been wonderful. I would definitely recommend Celebrating Smiles! Jennifer L.

I have been coming here for about 3 years now and I never want to go anywhere else! The staff is amazing! Dolores, Dr. Cathy, Amy, and Bridget are absolutely wonderful and make you feel really comfortable and welcome. The office is beautiful and also in a great location. Alifia D.

Before I started going to Dr Chu, I was the one in the chair with white knuckles, holding my breath, fearful of what was next. Not anymore! Dr Chu and her entire staff make you feel completely at ease and explain everything thoroughly. It is a wonderful feeling having a dental appointment and no longer dreading to go. You do not need to look further - Dr Chu and her staff are the best! Karen F.

My first time there, I had a great experience! Friend staff!! 😊 William S.

celebrating smiles is amazing !! my teeth are always shiny and bright! Consuela B.

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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