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San Bernadino TMD/TMJ Treatment

What is the temporomandibular joint (TMJ)?

The TMJ is the joint that connects your lower jaw to your skull. It is part of a complex system that helps perform daily functions such as chewing, talking and yawning. When this joint becomes misaligned, you may develop a condition called temporomandibular disortder (TMD).

Who is affected by TMD?

TMD affects 75 million people at any given time. It is a chronic degenerative disease that my take years to manifest. People who suffer from TMD have a structural imbalance between the jaw to skull relationship. This imbalance can result in the alteration of the joint position, placing pressure on the joint and surrounding tissues. This can lead to a strained jaw position further affecting the muscles of the face, back, neck and shoulders. This can be the result of a poor bite.

Symptoms of TMD

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  • Headaches (migraines)
  • Facial pain
  • Clicking, popping and/or grating of the jaw joint
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Uncomfortable or uneven bite
  • Worn, chipped or cracked teeth
  • Dental restorations that are breaking or chipping
  • Limited movement or opening
  • Pain or soreness around the jaw joint
  • Ear congestion or ringing

How is TMD treated?

Life style changes may help improve your condition. These changes may include a soft diet, resting the jaw, doing jaw stretches or applying heat or ice to the site.

Dr. Melissa Chun is highly capable of treating the symptoms of a patient with a poor bite. She will perform a comprehensive exam and discuss an individualized plan to treat your condition. Dr. Chun may recommend wearing a custom orthotic to help prevent further damage to the jaw joint and your teeth. She may recommend the use of dental restoration that can precisely raise or lower areas of your bite to create a natural, comfortable and balanced position for your jaw. In most cases, TMD can be treated without surgery.

If you are experiencing any TMD signs or symptoms, call Exceptional Dentistry and find out how Dr. Melissa Chun and her team can help you find relief, balance and harmony.

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