TMJ / Neuromuscular Dentistry in Del Mar, CA
Jaw and muscular procedures
Dr. Chan is one of few California TMJ dentists that practice in San Diego. He is experienced and educated in TMJ disorder and treatment.
What is TMJ?
TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint. It is the joint that connects the lower jawbone to the skull. The TMJ cannot be described as a simple hinge. The jaw itself is in an area of the body that is crowded with complex muscle and nerve networks. In addition to the joint having complex surroundings, the necessary actions and alignment of the jaw require their own complex network of nerves and muscles for proper control.
Since the TMJ is so complex, it is sensitive to, and can become irritated or misaligned due to a myriad of variables. When irritation develops in the TMJ, it typically signals a problem though pain and headaches, as well as popping, clicking and grinding sounds.
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Causes for TMJ are varied. Stress and diet, as well as more physical causes: grinding teeth, orthodontic misalignment, and heavy teeth clinching are all causes of TMJ disorder.
Symptoms are equally varied. Toothaches, headaches, back and neck pain as well as general pain in the jaw and face are all potential symptoms of TMJ disorder.
Since the causes of TMJ disorder are so varied, pinpointing a viable cure or improvement for TMJ associated pain and misalignment can be difficult. That is why it is important to have an experienced TMJ dentist diagnose and treat this disorder. TMJ is more common than many people think. It is estimated that more than 10 million Americans suffer from some form of TMJ disorder. Dr. Chan is an experienced TMJ treatment provider who has helped many who suffer from TMJ disorder alleviate pain and improve or restore normal TMJ function.
Often times TMJ dentist, Dr Chan, can treat TMJ disorders with orthodontic alignment procedures including alignment trays or orthotics. In many cases surgery or other invasive procedures are not required to treat TMJ disorders. To find out more about TMJ disorder, contact California TMJ dentist, Dr. Curtis Chan in San Diego today!