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TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction)

TMJ Doctor in Sherman Oaks, CA

 

If you’re suffering from the discomfort of Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction Syndrome (TMJ), Green Dental is here to help. With their expert care and personalized treatment plans, they can alleviate TMJ symptoms and improve your quality of life. From comprehensive evaluations to customized oral  appliances, the experienced dental team focuses on pain management and addressing the root causes of TMJ.

By incorporating lifestyle adjustments and regular follow-ups, our team of dentists & orthodontists in Sherman Oaks ensures that you receive the attentive care needed to find lasting relief from TMJ pain. Say goodbye to discomfort and hello to a healthier, happier smile with Green Dental!

Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction Syndrome (TMJ) affects a broad range of individuals and is marked by intense headaches, varying degrees of jaw pain, teeth grinding, and occasional ringing in the ears. The vast majority of TMJ sufferers are unaware that the root cause of these problems is something that a dentist can effectively treat.

TMJ symptoms can be severe, significantly disrupting daily life. At the core of dental care is the patient’s comfort and overall well-being, making pain relief the foremost concern for the dentist. The dentist is able to test, diagnose, and devise an immediate plan to treat the underlying causes of the TMJ disorder.


Reasons for treating TMJ

TMJ sufferers report that their symptoms generally worsen during periods of prolonged or unexpected stress, and that intense outbreaks of the condition can lead to neck pain and dizziness.

The most common cause of TMJ is the misalignment of the teeth, often called “bad bite.” It is possible for the dentist to realign or adjust the teeth without the need for painful or expensive surgeries. The realignment/adjustment will stop the pounding headaches, the jaw pain, and the dizziness.

The grinding teeth symptom is particularly common and usually occurs at night. The grinding will eventually erode the structure of the teeth and lead to much more severe dental problems in the future. Untreated TMJ is one of the prime underlying factors in eroded jawbones and loose teeth.

It is important for anyone experiencing the symptoms of TMJ to visit the dentist for an exact diagnosis.

What does treating TMJ involve?

TMJ could be a result of several different problems. While a bad bite remains the most prevalent issue, an injury caused by a blow to the meniscus cartilage is also plausible. To provide an accurate diagnosis and recommend appropriate treatment, the dentist will conduct a comprehensive examination.

Once a firm diagnosis is attained, there are several ways in which relief can be provided. A specially molded bite guard can be created to stop teeth grinding during the night. A bite relationship analysis may be recommended by the dentist. The dentist can also provide advice on relaxation techniques that will lessen the effects of stress. As a last alternative, the dentist is also able to prescribe muscle relaxants.

A better option is to change the shape of the teeth and get rid of the bad bite completely, often called “realignment.” This is especially useful because it alleviates TMJ symptoms and may improve the aesthetic appearance of the teeth as well. Realignment involves adjusting the relationship between how the upper teeth come together with the lower teeth. This may require new restorations and/or adjusting the natural teeth as well.

The TMJ procedure is absolutely painless and our dentists in Sherman Oaks have performed it with great success countless times. If you have any questions or want to talk about symptoms, treatment options, or any concerns, our dentist will be more than happy to provide you with all the answers and guidance you need. Feel free to reach out anytime!

If you are currently experiencing any TMJ symptoms, we warmly encourage you to reach out to our dental office today and book an appointment.

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