Cosmetic Dentistry & Dental Implant Specialists located in Encino, CA, West Hollywood, CA, & Pleasant Grove, UT
If you are one of the more than 10 million Americans who regularly experience jaw pain, you may benefit from TMJ treatment. At Sargon Dental, serving Encino, California, the West Hollywood neighborhood of Los Angeles, and Pleasant Grove, Utah, Sargon Lazarof, DDS, and Dan Dansie, DDS, provide safe, effective TMJ treatment onsite using advanced technologies. To schedule an appointment, book a consultation online, or call the office to speak with a member of the administrative staff today.
TMJ Treatment Q&A
What is TMJ?
TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint disorder. A sliding hinge joint, your temporomandibular joints attach your jaw to your skull. They allow you to bite, chew, and speak confidently.
Sometimes the TMJ becomes swollen and irritated. Experts are not entirely sure why this occurs, but it is thought that several factors contribute, including genetics, teeth grinding, and underlying health problems like arthritis.
If you regularly experience jaw pain or headaches, and they do not respond to conservative care like ice or pain medication, make an appointment at Sargon Dental as soon as possible.
What are the symptoms of TMJ?
Common symptoms of TMJ include:
- Jaw sensitivity or tenderness
- Pain affecting the temporomandibular joints
- Aching facial pain
- Difficulty chewing
- Pain that occurs in or around the ear
If you have a TMJ disorder, you might also notice that your jaw makes a popping or clicking sound.
What is TMJ treatment?
TMJ treatment is a group of care methodologies used to limit pain and discomfort caused by TMJ disorders. At Sargon Dental, Dr. Lazarof offers several types of TMJ treatment, including:
If you have a mild or moderate case of TMJ, Dr. Lazarof might recommend prescription medication to ease your symptoms. Several types of medication are used to treat TMJ, including pain relievers and anti-inflammatories, tricyclic antidepressants, and muscle relaxants.
Oral splints and mouthguards
Oral splints and mouthguards are custom-made oral appliances that provide an extra layer of protection for your teeth and TMJ. These are particularly beneficial for people who grind their teeth or clench their jaw while sleeping or due to stress and anxiety.
Physical therapy is a type of TMJ treatment that uses exercises to stretch and strengthen your TMJ joints. When combined with rest, ice, and moist heat, it is possible to limit the pain and increase your jaw’s range of motion.
If conservative methods of TMJ treatment do not provide significant relief, Dr. Lazarof might recommend oral surgery. Surgery for TMJ uses minimally invasive tools to remove excess fluid and debris from around your TMJ joints.
What type of TMJ treatment will I benefit from?
Only a qualified dentist like Dr. Lazarof can determine the type of TMJ treatment that is best. Following an oral exam, a review of your oral health history, and a discussion of your symptoms, he can make recommendations that align with your needs.
To learn more about TMJ treatment, schedule an appointment at Sargon Dental. Book a consultation online, or call the office to speak with a member of the administrative staff today.
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