Surprisingly, more people suffer from temporomandibular joint disorders than you may realize. Many patients come to us complaining of chronic facial pain near their ears or jaw that they can’t seem to find a solution for. When the joints that we use to open and move are jaws suffer from a disorder known as TMD, or sometimes referred to as TMJ, it can cause serious pain. These temporomandibular joints, or TMJ for short, are made up of bone, muscles and ligaments and are subject to certain disorders.
At Bedford Dental Group, our Beverly Hills cosmetic dentists understand the pain that dental diseases can cause and are dedicated to helping patients find relief.
What Is A Tmj Disorder?
The temporomandibular joint is what connects your jaw to your skull, located in the area right in front of your ears. This allows you to open and close your mouth. When a person has a TMJ disorder, it can make it challenging to chew regularly, lead to clicking / popping noises when they open their mouth, and even cause serious headaches.
TMJ disorder and pain can come from a variety of sources, such as:
- Neck injuries
- Dislocation of the jaw
- Facial injuries
- How the teeth fit together
- Other diseases
A TMD may be accompanied by tooth decay or gum disease, which is why it is essential to work with a Beverly Hills dentist. You may need to undergo various tests and have x-rays done to determine the sources of your TMJ pain. We may also perform MRIs or CT scans to examine the bone structure and detail.
At Bedford Dental Group, we are well-versed in handling TMJ disorders and can provide the treatment you need to overcome this pain. As the TMJ are some of the most complex joints in our body, not as many cosmetic dentists are equipped to handle them. We know the proper treatment options including medications, plastic mouthpieces for sleeping or daily use, or using porcelain veneers, dental crowns, and dental implants to correct your bite and ease your pain.
Additionally, we can advise you on home treatments including:
- Relaxation techniques
- Dietary options
- Over-the-counter medications
- Daily habit corrections
Dr. Mehdi Nayssan, D.D.S. is an expert at diagnosing and treating TMJ disorders. He has attended a specialized TMJ Residency Program at UCLA to equip him to better serve our patients. He offers accurate diagnosis and caring dental services for even the most difficult cases and has brought relief to many patients over the years. We can work closely with you to determine the source of your pain and can walk through various treatment options with you. Do not wait another moment to get relief!