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.
"The front staff at Emigh Dental Care is very friendly and welcoming. There's even water and apple juice while you wait. The waiting room is open and comfy! There's also ample parking in the parking structure! I had my first examination with Dr. Reel today. She was warm, open and friendly! Freddy, the DA escorted me back to the exam room and explained everything thoroughly. I did share that I was worried about my teeth because I haven't had dental care in about 3 years (no dental insurance). After 3 years with no dental care, I have just 1 cavity. After seeing Dr. Reel, Freddy took me to see hygienist, Tammy. Like Dr. Reel, Tammy was warm and friendly. She explained all the things that were to come for my cleaning and the importance of flossing. On 9/17 my 2 year old son and husband saw Dr. Todd. Dr. Todd thoroughly answered all our questions re: jaw surgery for my husband and referred him to an orthodontist. Although my 2 year old son didn't cooperate by opening his mouth, Dr. Todd was able to entertain and make my son feel comfortable. Maybe next time, Dr. Todd will get to take a look at my son's teeth. I look forward to getting my cavity fixed and my next cleaning. Thanks Emigh Dental Care!"- N.S. / Yelp / Sep 21, 2018
"I highly recommend Emigh Dental. I have been coming to this office my entire life as well as most of my family and extended family. The entire staff is amazing. The hygienists are gentle, and Dr. Pat and Dr. Todd are seriously the best. My kids actually look forward to their visits."- J.G. / Yelp / Sep 19, 2018
"Very good experience in this dental. I had a deep teeth cleaning yesterday. The dentist was very gentle,she didn't hurt me at all."- Z.M. / Yelp / Sep 19, 2018
"Emigh Dental Care is hands down the best Dental facility I have been to! The atmosphere is friendly, clean and comfortable. Bailey, my dental hygienist, is professional, kind and always does an amazing job!! Dr. Pat has a very professional and friendly demeanor. He thoroughly explained everything to me and made sure I was comfortable. I'm so happy to find them, thank you for your excellent care!!!"- A.H. / Yelp / Sep 16, 2018
"This place truly knows the meaning of customer service, I'm very impressed by the professionalism of the staff. I'm a new client and had to have a filling replaced that had fallen out of one of my back molars. I had an issue at my first visit, the first time they tried to refill it (it took two tries in the office) and then it fell out again, about an hour after I got home. When I came back to get it refilled again, I was not comfortable having the same dentist working on it because she had trouble getting it right the first time. I asked to see someone else. When I came back I was taken care of by Dr. Todd. He was very pleasant and made me feel at ease as soon as I arrived. He's an extremely caring person and more than qualified to fix this hard to fill filling. He not only fixed my tooth but he reassured me that the other dentist was also more than qualified to help me, but that he wanted to make sure I felt comfortable with the service I received. I absolutely love this place and how they treated me, they never made me feel weird for asking for another dentist to fix the issue. If you are searching for excellent dentists who provide impeccable care in a clean and friendly environment with a staff that really values the concept of customer service, I highly recommend the good people at Emigh Dental Care. I like them so much that I referred my fiancé to them too. Try Emigh Dental Care, you will not be disappointed."- S.V. / Yelp / Sep 13, 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.