Brea TMJ/TMD Treatment

TMJ/TMD Treatment in Brea

If you’ve been experiencing jaw pain or you’re having trouble opening your mouth wide to chew or yawn, these are signs that you may have TMJ/TMD. At SmileSpot, Dr. Pham has years of experience treating TMJ/TMD cases of all kinds. Come in for a consultation today to learn more about TMJ/TMD and your options for treatment.

Dr. Pham working on patient with TMJ syndrome

Get Help for Your Jaw Pain

TMJ/TMD affects between 5-12% of adults at some point in their lives
The dysfunction of the temporomandibular joint can cause pain, discomfort, and even trouble eating and speaking
This condition can be caused by a wide range of things including stress, jaw overuse, and traumatic injury
Dr. Pham offers compassionate TMJ/TMD treatment and can help you find a solution for your jaw pain

What Is TMJ/TMD?

The terms TMJ/TMD are typically used interchangeably to refer to temporomandibular joint disorder. The temporomandibular joint is the small, delicate joint near your ear, which connects your jaw and your skull.

This joint can become damaged or inflamed due to overuse (teeth grinding and excessive gum chewing), poor bite position, direct trauma to the joint, and some inflammatory and auto-immune disorders like arthritis. TMJ/TMD results in pain, poor operation of the joint, and other similar symptoms.

What Are the Signs & Symptoms of TMJ/TMD?

The signs of TMJ/TMD can vary quite a bit depending on the cause of your condition. However, most patients with TMD/TMJ experience symptoms including jaw pain, intense headaches, jaw stiffness and discomfort while chewing, and aching facial pain.

Some patients may notice things like “clicking” and “popping” sounds while chewing. In serious cases of TMJ/TMD, the jaw may even lock up intermittently when chewing, or you may not be able to open your mouth all the way. If you notice one or more of these symptoms, come into our office to see Dr. Pham right away.

How Can You Help with TMJ/TMD?

Dr. Pham has years of experience treating patients with TMJ/TMD. In some cases, the treatment may simply involve avoiding unhealthy habits that cause the condition, such as excessive gum chewing. Orthodontics may also be an option if your TMJ/TMD is caused by an unhealthy bite. We also offer night guards to help with teeth grinding, which can cause TMJ/TMD symptoms.

How Does a Night Guard Help With TMJ/TMD?

One of the most common contributing factors to TMJ/TMD is teeth grinding. A night guard is a great option for treating this disorder because these oral appliances can prevent direct contact between your teeth. In turn, this relieves the symptoms and discomfort of TMJ/TMD. Call today to schedule your consultation to find out if a night guard is the right treatment option for your case.

"I want to empower patients by providing compassionate, quality dental care."

– Dr. David Pham

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