About TMJ Therapy
The temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, is the hinge that connects the jawbone to the skull and is located in front of the ear. There are numerous conditions that are associated with the TMJ, which are known as TMJ disorders or TMD (temporomandibular disorders). These conditions can cause a lot of discomfort and often lead to headaches, jaw locking, swelling, and trouble chewing. However, our highly-skilled dentists at Emigh Dental Care can examine and assess the TMJ pain to create a personalized treatment plan to improve each patient's condition. TMJ disorders or TMD are very common for patients who have braces, grind their teeth, and constantly chew gum. We invite everyone to call our Long Beach, CA practice today so we can develop a TMJ therapy plan that can help relieve the pain.
"Off the corner of Atherton and Bellflower. There is plenty of parking and site seeing! Super clean with the proper amenities for before and after you're visit. Friendly greeting staff and handsome Dentist. Beautiful and friendly hygienist. I give this place a 100%. I can't to check out their Los Alamitos location! ^_^ Seasons greetings Emigh family!"- M.E. / Yelp / Dec 07, 2016
"I didn't think I could love this office more, but I was wrong. My toddler's teeth had become suddenly and severely stained from a course of antibiotics. I brought him in for his first appointment to see if the staining could be polished away. He's not particularly cooperative with brushing at home (or with anything, for that matter!), so we had realistic expectations of how this cleaning would go. My son saw Dr Todd for this special appointment. Dr Todd was fantastic with my son. He explained everything that was going on and made it fun and silly. He connected with my son and tuned out everything else. It was amazing seeing my wriggly uncooperative toddler smile a huge smile and sit HAPPILY for his cleaning!We've been coming here for years and absolutely adore these people- Elaine and Crystal at the front desk, Drs Pat and Todd, and especially our beloved hygienist Tammy. This is a class act. You won't regret coming here. And, although this isn't a true pediatric dentistry office, Drs Pat and Todd and hygienist Tammy have proven themselves to be top notch with little kids. My older child absolutely adores Tammy."- Z.Q. / Yelp / Aug 15, 2017
"I can't recommend Emigh Dentist office enough. This is a family run office and the staff is always warm and friendly. I hate going to the dentist and hadn't been to see one in several years due my own phobia. I immediately felt at ease and now I'm a regular patient. They also do a GREAT job with kids. I took my 3 yr old in for her first check-up and we were helped by Bailey, she was awesome with my little girl. Bailey had a lot of patience and explained everything to my child so she was comfortable. Doesn't hesitate to see the Emigh family, you won't be disappointed."- M.C. / Facebook / Aug 12, 2017
"This review is a bit late, but when taking into consideration my experience, it's NEVER too late to visit the dentist!I found Emigh Dental by googling sedation dentistry. My fear of the dentist knew no bounds. It had been 8-9 years since I last visited a dental office and my mouth literally reached a breaking point. Hence my google search for sedation dentistry. I contacted them via email and their office responded promptly. They verified that they do take my insurance and squeezed me in for a 12/30/16 appointment to take advantage of my insurance that would be entering a new policy phase on Jan 1.After panicking for a week, I attended the dentist office alone. The reception was nice, but as I was in a panicked daze, I didn't really take note. Karen took me to the back and took my x-rays. She was incredibly nice and reassuring. She listened to my story about my fears and put me at ease.Dr. Pat then came in for the examination. He was warned that I was a fearful patient. He sat down and just spoke to me. He listened to my story, my childhood trauma of the dentist, what was bothering me currently. This exchange made the best possible first impression with me. He explained everything he would be doing in the examination and repeated several times he would not hurt me.Exam done, and the verdict was not unexpected but daunting to say the least. To put it mildly, I must have seen Dr. Pat at least six times afterwards to complete my treatment. Dr. Pat explained my options, and his recommendations. I had two cavities, two root canals, two crown preps, and a wisdom tooth pulled. Dr. Pat did not do my root canals, fyi, as they were fairly complicated but referred me to an endodontist.After 5 months or so, I am incredibly grateful to Dr. Pat for several things. He never shamed me for not seeking treatment earlier. His fillings are the first fillings I ever had done that did not hurt for weeks afterwards. He addressed my fears, promised to stop if I ever did feel any pain, and is a pleasant person overall. Best of all, I can eat food again. I can finally say I found my dentist.A few more details: the reception is great! Thank you to Elaine and team for being efficient and nice to boot. My cleaning was painless. They offer nitrous oxide for an extra fee for certain treatments. Nitrous oxide calmed my nerves down and made it possible for me to have certain treatments done. The office never tried to upsell me any service. And their dental chairs have built in massagers!"- A.G. / Yelp / Aug 08, 2017
"This was my first visit to this office. I had lost a crown last week while on vacation. Karen greeted me as an assistant to Dr. Amy. She was warm, friendly and explained every step that she was taking with me. Then Dr. Amy came in. He is warm and made me feel like a missing crown can happen to anyone. He examined my tooth and glued it back in. No problem. The office said that they would bill my insurance first and let me know if there was more to pay. I do believe that i have found a new dentist in Long Beach! Yeah!!!!"- G.K. / Yelp / Aug 07, 2017
What to Expect
During the initial exam, we will review the patient's condition and carefully listen to their specific concerns. It's important to let our dentists know the symptoms being experienced and how long they have been occurring. This will help us to better understand each condition and determine which treatment is best. We will also perform a series of diagnostic tests and take X-rays of the jaw to assess the underlying cause of the pain. Usually, we will suggest simple adjustments in a patient's lifestyle or eating habits such as avoiding hard candy, gum, and wearing a night guard to protect the teeth from grinding. However, if these adjustments don't ease the pain, we may recommend reconstructive surgery or a joint replacement.
Recovery and symptoms will vary from patient to patient; however, it's important to follow all post-treatment care instructions carefully. No matter the procedure, common pain management steps and strategies will be provided to help relax the jaw and reduce discomfort. Practical tips such as chewing food on both sides of the mouth when eating and avoiding putting pressure or lying down on the jaw for long periods of time will help. Gently massaging the facial muscles and using an ice pack may also ease the discomfort. Our dentists may also provide prescription muscle relaxers to help as well.
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Less Jaw & Face Pain Today
If you are experiencing limited jaw mobility or constant headaches, TMJ therapy may help to reduce your symptoms and improve your overall condition. Call our Southern California office today to learn more about how TMJ therapy can benefit you. We will be happy to sit down with you and help you on the road to recovery.