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We are reopening our practice for routine and elective care on Monday, May 18.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). 

· Temperatures of patients and staff will be taken

·  We have installed HEPA filters throughout the office and in each operatory.

· Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the office.

· Our office will communicate with you before your appointment to ask some screening questions. You’ll be asked questions again when you arrive at the office.

· Patients will be directed to arrive at the time of their appointment or to wait in their vehicles to avoid people waiting in our reception area.

Hastings Dental Clinic
Hastings Dental Clinic Shelbyville, Illinois
A child in a dentistry-themed parade float A Halloween presentation at the dentist's office A group around a dentistry-themed parade float Dr. Myles Hastings giving a training The Hastings family at the dental office

TMJ Treatments

TMJ stands for temporal-mandibular joint. Temporal, as in temple area of skull; mandibular as in mandible, or lower jaw; joint as in it's where the head and jaw meet. Problems in this joint may be caused by a misalignment of the teeth, trauma, or excess muscle tension. Aside from the two bones that meet there, cartilage buffers them and five muscles are involved in the area. If something goes wrong a good deal of trouble can result.

Problems in this area can cause:

  • Headaches
  • Earaches
  • Trouble/soreness in opening and closing the mouth
  • Clicking or popping of the jaw
  • Pain in the jaw muscles
  • Soreness in the area, sometimes extending to the face

Dental treatments for the condition can include replacing missing teeth, moving teeth, adjusting the bite, filling gaps between teeth, etc. There is no one solution that is right for all cases. Sometimes a plastic mouthpiece is used to prevent clenching or grinding that is contributing to the problem. If untreated and taken to extremes, surgery may be required to repair a badly damaged joint.