Experiencing pain in your mouth and jaw? TMJ may be to blame.
- Have trouble chewing or biting?
- Hear clicking or popping when you open or close your mouth?
- Suffer from chronic headaches or earaches?
- Feel a deep ache in your face, particularly around your jaw?
You may be suffering from a disorder in your temporomandibular joint, often referred to as TMJ.
TMJ can be a result of a misaligned bite, missing teeth, jaw clenching or grinding, or other issues. Whatever the cause, Dr. Patel can diagnose TMJ and is here to help. Contact Green Dentistry to schedule a consultation today and learn about your options.
Dr. Patel, San Francisco’s trusted TMJ treatment dentist and author
What to Expect from Your TMJ Examination
If you’re dealing with pain in your mouth and jaw, you’re not alone. Over 10 million Americans suffer from TMJ disorder.
Dr. Patel has helped many patients overcome this disorder and get on with their life. Here’s what you can expect from your appointment
- Dr. Patel will perform a gentle examination of your jaw and bite
- A 3D x-ray may be taken to help visualize what’s going on in your mouth and jaw
- Dr. Patel will help you understand what might be causing your TMJ pain
- Together, you’ll develop a treatment plan to fit your needs and eliminate your TMJ pain for good.
TMJ Treatment Options at Green Dentistry
We offer a variety of TMJ treatments to fit your needs:
- Night Guards — Custom-made and advanced night guards prevent clenching and reposition your jaw to a more favorable and comfortable position.
- Invisalign — If an occlusion issue is the cause of your TMJ pain, Invisalign may be recommended to fix the alignment of your bite.
- Occlusal Equilibration — This method involves gently adjusting your mouth so your lower and upper teeth meet correctly.
- Physical Therapist Referral — We may help you coordinate treatment with other specialists, including ENT (otolaryngologists) and physical therapists.
- Home Therapy Exercises — Dr. Patel may recommend specific jaw exercises with diet and lifestyle changes to help relieve pain.
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Treat TMJ Pain at Green Dentistry
Our friendly, caring team is ready to help treat your jaw pain and improve your quality of life!
Frequently Asked Questions
What is TMJ?
Your temporomandibular joints (TMJ) are what connect your jawbone to your skull. Pain in this area is often called TMJ disorder or just TMJ (or sometimes TMD) for short.
What causes TMJ?
Your TMJ disorder is unique, so identifying the cause requires a full dental examination. However, the cause of TMJ often includes:
- Misaligned bite
- Weak facial muscles
- Tooth grinding and jaw clenching
- Physical damage to your facial bones
- Poor posture
- Arthritis, nerve damage, or even whiplash may also be to blame
What are the symptoms of TMJ?
Beyond join pain in your jaw and directly in front of your year, other symptoms may include:
- Muscle aches (especially in your neck and back)
- Clicking in your jaw
- Pain that makes it hard to chew, bite, and simply enjoy your life
- Changes in vision
- Sinus pain