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.
"My family and I have been going to Emigh Dental Care for years. EVERYONE is very courteous, helpful, and professional. All their equipment is state of the art. I have had terrific Dr. Bob and Dr. Pat as my dentists. My son schedules his appointments with Dr. Todd -- who he thinks is great! Yesterday I was introduced to Dr. Le. She is a wonderful addition to the Team!! I can't say enough about my super hygienist, Andrea! Emigh Dental Care is the whole package!!!!"- A.D. / Yelp / Apr 25, 2018
"Best dentists we have ever had. Our whole family goes there. My 7 year old daughter was petrified of the dentist after a bad experience with another dentist. We switched to the Dr. Emighs and now she is 9 years old and looks forward to going. Tammy is her favorite, but Jade and everyone is fantastic!!"- T.M. / Yelp / Apr 24, 2018
"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
"Broke a veneer recently & made an appt. @ Emigh Dental based on all the positive reviews - the reviews don't lie - this office is great & Dr. Todd is just the best! Ended up having him replace all 6 of my prior veneers + do 2 more. The difference between my 'old' (if 7 years is old) & new veneers is like night & day! Huge relief to have found such a talented dentist - HIGHLY recommended!"- J.L. / Yelp / Apr 21, 2018
"Been coming here for 40 years. Excellent care, Staff are always welcoming with smiles. It's not just a dental office , it's like visiting family . Not only has my family had the pleasure of being cared for my Dr. Robert Emigh, now we have the pleasure of being cared for by his two sons Dr. Pat and Dr. Todd to carry on the family tradition. What a wonderful blessing they all are, to all of us to take such good care of us. You can always get an emergency appointment and get in immediately to be cared for. Thank you for continuous Service."- D.P. / Yelp / Apr 19, 2018
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.