TMJ / TMD
TMD disorders arise when the temporomandibular joint – the joint that connects the lower jaw to the skull- is compromised. Jaw clenching, grinding the teeth, and injuries to the face and mouth can cause TMJ/TMD disorders. At San Diego California Dental Group, we offer a variety of TMJ/TMD pain management solutions.
Some of the most common symptoms of TMJ/TMD include:
• Pain or discomfort when chewing
• Fear of needles or dental tools
• Clicking, popping, or locking of the jaw
• Jaw, neck, and shoulder pain
No one should live with pain, and we are committed to helping to treat your TMJ/TMD symptoms for a happy, healthy life!
Dr. Kim recommends mouth splints as one solution to TMJ / TMD pain. Patients who clench or grind their teeth will benefit greatly from these dental appliances, as they help to take pressure off of the joint while properly aligning the bite, preventing clenching or grinding.
Anti-inflammatory and pain relieving pharmaceuticals can also aide in reducing your TMJ/TMD pain. Depending on your specific case and symptoms, we can determine which method of medication is best for you.
Dr. Kim also performs BOTOX® injections in house to help prevent TMJ/TMD. BOTOX® relieves jaw tension, relaxes the facial muscles, and aids in preventing headaches. BOTOX® injections are safe, simple, and fast. This non-surgical alternative to TMJ/TMD pain could be just the treatment you need!
Contact our office today to schedule and consultation for TMJ/TMD treatment. Together we can develop a treatment plan that will have you smiling in no time!