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TMJ Los Angeles 01The temporomandibular joint connects the jaw to your skull. This joint allows you to move your jaw up, down and side to side, allowing you to bite, chew, talk and yawn. Some people develop problems in the joint or in the muscles and soft tissues surrounding the joint, and it causes TMD, or temporomandibular joint disorders. Our Los Angeles TMJ expert offers treatments for patients with TMD.

While the cause of TMD is not yet fully understood, symptoms are often associated with overuse, specific injuries or problems with the muscles or joint itself. Arthritis, stress, and bruxism can all aggravate or worsen TMD. For an accurate diagnosis, our expert in TMJ in Los Angeles will evaluate your jaw and your symptoms, which may include:

• Facial pain
• Pain or tenderness in the jaw joint
• Pain in the ear, neck or shoulders, particularly when you chew or yawn
• A jaw that gets stuck in a particular position
• Grating, popping or clicking, which may be accompanied by pain, in the joint
• Difficulty chewing or a change in bite
• Swelling or a feeling of tiredness in the jaw
• Radiating pain
• Headaches or toothaches
• Dizziness
• Tinnitus

Imaging tests may be recommended to rule out other issues or identify specific problems.

TMJ Los Angeles

If our Los Angeles TMJ expert determines that you do have TMD, a treatment plan will be created. A variety of treatments or procedures may be recommended, including:

• Medications, including analgesics, anti-inflammatory drugs, muscle relaxants, antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications
• Warm or cold packs to soothe the tight muscles and calm inflammation
• A soft diet, which can allow the jaw muscles to rest and heal
• Rest, which means not chewing gum, resting your chin on your hand or biting your nails
• Stress-reduction techniques to manage any associated stress
• A night guard or oral splint to alleviate symptoms associated with tooth grinding
• Dental work to correct any dental issues that could be causing the pain
• Injections to lubricate the joint and combat inflammation
• Laser therapy to heal and soothe damaged tissues
• Surgery to correct any deformities

With the right treatment, most patients can expect to recover fully. Call us today to learn more about your options or to schedule your appointment with our expert in TMJ in Los Angeles.

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