TMJ disorders are extremely common and are believed to affect about 15 percent of American adults. Symptoms can include facial pain, jaw pain, headaches, earaches, shoulder pain and a clicking or grinding sensation in the jaw. If you have symptoms of TMJ disorders, Dr. Frame, our Santa Clara TMJ treatment expert can help.
The TMJ, or temporomandibular joint, is one of the most complex joints in the human body. You have one TMJ on each side of your head, and each joint includes ligaments, discs and muscles to help support the smooth sliding and hinging motions you need to talk and eat. You may be more susceptible to damage in this joint if you have a misaligned bite, grind your teeth or have certain habits. You may also be more prone to TMJ disorders if you have arthritis or have suffered a jaw injury. The pain can be localized or widespread, and it can become worse at night. Our expert in TMJ treatment in Santa Clara can evaluate your bite and determine the most appropriate treatment plan for your needs.
TMJ Treatment Santa Clara
Treatments can vary widely based on the cause of your problem. Dr. Frame, our Santa Clara TMJ treatment expert, may review your complete medical history and dental history to identify the best course of action. A dental exam, dental X-rays and dental impressions may also be taken. Treatment recommendations can include lifestyle changes to alleviate the pressure on the joints. We may also take steps to lessen pain or discomfort, which can include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, moist heat and cool compresses.
Some of our patients may benefit from dental procedures to correct their bite or other dental problems. Dr. Frame, our expert in TMJ treatment in Santa Clara, may suggest orthodontics to correct alignment problems or a mouth guard to prevent bruxism, or teeth grinding. Conservative treatments are generally preferred over more invasive procedures.
Contact our office today if you have symptoms of TMJ disorders to schedule your appointment with Dr. Frame, our Santa Clara dentist.
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