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Temporomandibular Joint Disorders – TMJ and TMD Therapy – Long Beach, CA

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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. 

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. 

Treatment Aftercare

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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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.

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