TMJ Treatment in Sunnyvale, CA
Do you struggle with jaw pain, headaches, migraines, earaches, or painful chewing? Our skilled dentist can help provide the relief you need! Dr. Tang and the team at Derek H. Tang, DDS provide personalized, effective TMJ treatment for patients in Sunnyvale, CA and beyond.
What is TMJ?
Temporomandibular disorders (TMD), commonly referred to as TMJ, are characterized by significant jaw pain and limited joint movement. These disorders can affect chewing, talking, swallowing, and even breathing.
Several symptoms are associated with TMJ, including recurrent facial pain, swelling, constant teeth grinding, facial sensitivity, jaw joint locking, and limited range of motion in the jaw.
TMJ is an acronym for the temporomandibular joint, which is the joint that hinges on the jaw, allowing it to open and close. This joint is crucial for speaking and eating. However, some patients experience dysfunction of this joint, which can result in a selection of uncomfortable symptoms, including:
- Pain with opening and closing the mouth
- Discomfort or popping of the jaw while eating/chewing
- Locking of the jaw in the open or closed position
- Tension headache
- Clenching and grinding of the teeth (bruxism)
- Clicking and cracking sounds while eating or speaking
- Ear and neck pain
- Persistent sore throats
- Damage to natural teeth and dental restorations
If you are experiencing discomfort from this condition and seeking effective TMJ solutions, Dr. Tang can help. Depending your unique needs and the severity of the condition, some of the following solutions may be recommended:
- Orthotic splints
- Dental crowns
- Enamel reshaping
- Night guards/mouth guards
Which Treatment is Right for Me?
When choosing a dental solution for TMJ/TMD relief, several factors must be considered. Dr. Derek H. Tang will educate patients on the various treatment options available and recommend the ones that will work best for their condition. Severity and symptoms will dictate the recommendation.
Symptoms vary but generally can include:
- Pain and tenderness around the jaw, ears, cheeks, and neck
- Stiffness in the jaw
- Painful chewing
- Pain while yawning
- Locking of the jaw
- Uncontrolled change of facial expression
- Changes in how the upper and lower teeth fit together
If you are experiencing significant jaw pain or discomfort, Dr. Derek Tang will perform an examination and determine an individualized treatment option that will work for you.
Schedule Your TMJ Treatment Consultation in Sunnyvale
Ready for relief from the uncomfortable symptoms of TMJ? With the help of our team, patients can enjoy the benefits of reduced tension, fewer headaches, and preserved teeth. Call today to schedule your consultation!