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TMJ Therapy
San Carlos, CA


Woman holding jaw from TMJ pain and needs to call her San Carlos dentist Frank Hsu, DDS for TMJ treatment.Your mouth has several components, each that work together to allow you to perform some different essential tasks. One of these integral components is the temporomandibular joints or TMJ. When healthy, these joints work to allow you to easily eat, speak, and more. However, if they become irritated and inflamed, even the smallest movements can become excruciating. At Frank Hsu, D.D.S., we can diagnose the cause of your TMJ issues and provide you with the most effective TMJ therapy.

What are the TMJ?


The TMJ is important joints in your mouth. You have two of these joints. They are located one on each side of your face where the mandible meets up with the skull. These joints are ball and socket joints, each with a disc in the center. The disc works to absorb the impact of the pressures that your jaw places on these joints. The TMJ enables you to open and close your mouth as well as move the mandible from side to side.

What is TMJ Disorder?


When the TMJ is healthy, you most likely are completely unaware of their presence. However, there are some different issues that can affect these joints, often causing extreme pain and difficulty performing many basic tasks like eating and speaking. In many cases, it may be difficult to make even the smallest movements.

Causes of TMJ Disorder


TMJ disorder can be caused by some different issues. These include
•  Facial trauma, such as an injury due to a car accident, a fall, or a sports injury.
•  Bruxism, or grinding and clenching of your teeth. This condition leads to excessive pressure on your joint and your TMJ. These issues can be caused by things such as stress or alignment issues.
•  Jaw dislocation. Dislocation, even minor temporary dislocation, can cause micro-tears in the joints.
•  Osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis.

Symptoms of TMJ Disorder


Pain in your TMJ and your jaw is a common symptom of TMJ disorder. It is not, however, the only one. Many symptoms of this disorder come on gradually, growing stronger over time. Other symptoms of TMJ disorder include
•  Swelling in your jaw and in your face.
•  Difficulty eating and speaking. These tasks may also be quite painful.
•  Your jaw may lock open or closed temporarily.
•  You notice a clicking, popping, or grinding in your TMJ.
•  Headaches and earaches.

How is TMJ Disorder is Treated?


Prior to receiving treatment for TMJ, we first need to diagnose the condition, as well as what is causing it. This is done with a thorough oral exam as well as digital images, such as X-rays. Once we have determined the cause of your TMJ issues, we can recommend the therapy that will provide you with the best results possible.

Treatments for TMJ disorder include:
•  Home treatments, such as OTC pain relievers or stress relief techniques like yoga, meditation, or deep breathing.
•  A night guard. This is an oral device that is worn in your mouth while you sleep. Similar in design to a sports mouth guard, a night guard provides a cushion when you grind and clench, protecting your jaw and your TMJ.
•  Orthodontic treatment. Orthodontics can help to realign your teeth and jaws, correcting TMJ issues.
•  Oral surgery. In some cases, surgery may be the best solution. Surgery is often reserved as a last option, when no other treatments have proven effective or if your condition is severe.

Dr. Hsu may recommend using Botox to relieve the pain and discomfort caused by TMJ disorder. Read more about Botox for TMJ.

With the right TMJ therapy, we can help to restore the health of your mouth as well as your quality of life. For more information, and to schedule your consultation, call Frank Hsu, D.D.S. at 650.262.1940 today.
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Frank Hsu, DDS
1553 Laurel St, Suite A,
San Carlos, CA 94070-5114
Phone: 650.262.1940
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