TMJ Treatment Specialist Irvine
Our TMJ treatment in Irvine can make a world of difference. If your jaw is having issues, you may need to see a TMJ Specialist for diagnosis and treatment. Through professional treatment, you can overcome symptoms such as pain, stiffness, and difficulty with eating or speaking. Call OC Dental Specialists today to get started on restoring healthy functionality to your jaw with a team of skilled professionals. Living with TMJ disorders can be quite the challenge, so we are proud to do our part in helping our patients overcome their symptoms and get lasting relief.
What Does TMJ Stand For?
Your TMJ (temporomandibular joint) is a complex body joint located on each side of your face. It connects both your lower and upper jaw together, acting both a hinge and a sliding joint. In short, this join is what allows your jaw to open and close. A healthy joint allows your jaw to move forward, backward, and side to side without pain or issue. However, this joint is often under a significant amount of stress and can have a number of problems arise regarding it. Still, with so much complexity in the part of your mouth, not any doctor can treat it. At OC Dental Specialists, our dentists have years of experience treating TMJ disorders.
What Causes TMJ Problems?
TMJ issues arise for a variety of reasons. Some of the most common ones include teeth grinding and dislocation due to an injury. Arthritis and teeth-jaw misalignments can also contribute to developing a TMJ disorder.
TMJ disorders can also prove challenging to pinpoint without an expert’s evaluation. A combination of factors can come into play for your specific jaw, such as genetics, posture, diet, and more. This is why it’s important to see a TMJ treatment specialist to make sure you’re diagnosed correctly and to receive the proper care your jaw needs.
Do You Need TMJ Disorder Treatment?
Your jaw joint is in close proximity to various nerves and muscles in your face and neck. This can cause a lot of seemingly unrelated symptoms due to TMJ disorders, such as:
- Aching, throbbing pain around the ear and face
- Excessive teeth grinding at night
- Excruciating headaches, especially around the temples
- Jaw clicking, popping, and or locking
- Difficulty or inability to open the mouth wide open
- Ringing in the ears
- Blurred vision
- Tightness in your jaw, neck, or shoulder muscles
- Shoulder pain and difficulty lifting up shoulders
- Dizzy spells
With so many symptoms, it becomes obvious how these disorders can leave a negative impact on your daily life. If you have any of the above symptoms, we recommend coming in for an evaluation to see what the source is. We closely examine multiple factors to see if you are suffering from a TMJ disorder or something else.
TMJ Treatment Overview
TMJ disorders have lots of potential causes and symptoms. Therefore a lot of treatment options exist as well, each designed to match the patient’s unique needs. In some instances, symptoms will subside on their own. Still, each case is unique and will need a proper diagnosis from a TMJ dental specialist to help you get your life back on track.
For Milder Cases
On the conservative end, there are milder remedies to help alleviate TMJ symptoms. Your specialist may suggest some of the following:
- Taking over the counter meds like ibuprofen for muscle pain relief
- Heat and cold packs and compresses to the jaw
- Gentle jaw stretches to help with the mouth opening
- Eating softer foods such as yogurt, fruits, and veggies
- Self-relaxation techniques
For Persistent Cases
If you’ve tried home remedies without much success, there are more professional treatments available. Some your dentist can use such as:
- A mouth guard to wear at night to help with jaw teeth clenching
- Restorative dentistry to replace missing teeth to help balance biting function. Procedures such as teeth implants, crowns, and or dental bridges
- Prescription medication
Low-level laser therapy to lower pain and inflammation
If conservative and standard treatments aren’t effective, there are other options, such as dental surgery. In such a procedure, your oral surgeon will be focused on restoring joint function. Any imaging and cleaning of the joint will be performed as necessary to ensure optimal results.
Call Today for an Appointment Today
If you’re currently suffering from jaw symptoms that aren’t improving, it may be time to give us a call. Our TMJ specialists in Irvine will be able to properly diagnose what’s causing your issues and then formulate a solid treatment plan to get you symptom-free again. Our dental office offers emergency same-day dental appointments. We accept many PPO Insurances while also offering new patient specials for cash-paying patients. We look forward to helping you get your smile back on track with compassionate care and personalized treatment.