Symptoms of TMJ Disorder

Do you…

  • 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 disorder (TMD), often referred to as TMJ.

TMD/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

Benefits of TMJ Treatment

There are many benefits to treating your TMJ/TMD, including but not limited to:

  • Far less or no more jaw pain
  • Less teeth grinding (bruxism) at night
  • Less teeth clenching
  • Fewer or no more tension headaches
  • Neck and shoulder pain relief
  • Reduced risk of cracking or breaking teeth when grinding or clenching
  • Reduced risk of dental erosion
  • Improved ability to bite and chew, even tough foods like steak and apples
  • Relief of tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Less or no more ear pain and/or the sensation of fullness in the ears
  • Relief of dizziness caused by fluid accumulation or other issues within the inner ear
  • Relief of other systemic medical conditions, such as chronic fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), insomnia, rheumatoid arthritis, and Meniere’s disease
    Improved mood
    Less anxiety and worry

At Green Dentistry, we know that temporomandibular joint disorder can cause problems with your overall health. We’re dedicated to helping our patients find natural, long-lasting relief from TMJ/TMD pain. Contact us for more information about our holistic TMJ/TMD treatment options.

TMJ Treatment Process

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

We offer a variety of TMD headache relief 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® teeth aligners 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.

Treat TMJ Pain at Green Dentistry

Our friendly, caring team is ready to help treat your jaw pain and improve your quality of life!

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TMJ Treatment FAQ

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 TMD) for short.

Your TMJ disorder is unique, so identifying the cause requires a full dental examination. However, the cause of TMJ disorder often includes:

  • Misaligned bite
  • Weak facial muscles
  • Teeth grinding and jaw clenching
  • Physical damage to your facial bones
  • Stress
  • Poor posture
  • Arthritis, nerve damage, or even whiplash may also be to blame

Beyond join pain in your jaw and directly in front of your year, other symptoms may include:

  • Headaches
  • 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

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Visit Our San Francisco Dentist Office

Green Dentistry proudly offers a modern and holistic approach for treating TMJ disorder and other dental health issues. Located right in Union Square, we are the first practice of our kind in San Francisco.

Our dental office provides environmentally-friendly features, the latest technology, and a caring, experienced team.

You’ll love our comfortable, welcoming environment, and spa-like amenities, including:

  • Aromatherapy
  • Neck wraps and heated blankets
  • Healing with essential oils and crystals
  • Noise-cancelling headphones

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