TMJ Doctor Los Angeles
The design of the jaw allows it to slide and hinge to make the necessary biting and chewing motions. The bones that make up the temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, are protected by cartilage and shock-absorbing disks to ensure smooth, fluid movements as you eat, talk or perform other necessary daily functions. When the disks erode, the joint is damaged by trauma or the cartilage has been eroded by arthritis, TMJ disorders can occur. If suffer from TMJ disorders, our Los Angeles TMJ doctor can help.
Our TMJ doctor in Los Angeles can evaluate your symptoms and make personalized recommendations based on your own needs and preferences. Symptoms of TMJ disorders can vary widely and may include:
• Jaw pain or tenderness
• Earache or ear pain
• Facial pain
• Difficulty chewing
• Locking jaw joint
• Neck or shoulder pain
• Clicking or grinding sensation or sound when speaking, eating, yawning or opening and closing your mouth
Non-invasive treatment measures are generally recommended first. Medications may be prescribed to alleviate the pain and inflammation of the condition. In some cases, tricyclic antidepressants may also be recommended. Physical therapy is also frequently recommended. Moist heat, ultrasound, ice and special exercises to strengthen the jaw muscles can alleviate inflammation and reduce discomfort. Our Los Angeles TMJ doctor can prescribe oral splints or bite guards to keep the jaw in a more comfortable position and reduce pain and inflammation.
Los Angeles TMJ Doctor
If conservative treatment options provide insufficient relief, we may recommend other treatment options, including Botox or corticosteroid injections, arthrocentesis to irrigate the joint and surgery. Regardless of the treatment you choose, at-home care can help promote healing. Be aware of habits that are wearing on your jaw joint. Tooth grinding, gum chewing, jaw clenching and nail biting can all be detrimental to your jaw health. Eat soft foods, and avoid sticky or chewy foods. Apply warm or cold packs as directed, and follow our recommendations for stretching or exercising your facial and jaw muscles and for using your oral appliance.
Contact our TMJ doctor in Los Angeles today to learn more or to schedule your consultation.
Disclaimer: Obviously, every patient’s case is different, and needs to be properly diagnosed and treated by a healthcare professional. Please see your healthcare professional or contact us for an appointment.