TMJ

Hyun S. Bang, DDS

General Dentistry located in Pacific Heights, San Francisco, CA

It’s estimated that as much as 12% of the population worldwide suffers from temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ or TMD). Because this pain-causing condition can be associated with serious tooth damage, the expert dentists at the office of Hyun S. Bang, DDS, provide effective TMJ solutions. Don’t live another day with jaw pain, and schedule an evaluation. Call their San Francisco office today or book an appointment online.

TMJ Q & A

What causes TMJ?

Your temporomandibular joint is the sliding hinge joint that connects your jawbone to your skull. This specialized joint is constantly overworked. After all, you use it every time you chew, speak, or simply open your mouth.

While years of wear-and-tear can certainly lead to pain and inflammation in your temporomandibular joint, a condition known as TMJ or TMD, you can also suffer from jaw joint discomfort due to:

  • Arthritic conditions
  • Family history of TMJ
  • Disc deterioration or dislocation
  • Teeth clenching or grinding (bruxism)
  • Injury or trauma, such as a blow to the face during sports

Whether your TMJ is a minor nuisance or a chronic issue, you don’t have to live with it. You have plenty of options for relieving TMJ discomfort.

How is TMJ diagnosed?

When you come into the office of Hyun S. Bang, DDS, for your TMJ evaluation, your dedicated dentist evaluates your jaw and takes any essential digital X-ray images. They also ask about any symptoms you may be experiencing, which can include:

  • Jaw popping noises or sensations
  • Jaw or facial pain or tenderness
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Earaches
  • Lockjaw

Once your dentist gathers all your information and examines you, they can usually diagnose you on the spot and talk with you about treatment options.

What treatment can I get for TMJ?

At the office of Hyun S. Bang, DDS, you can get started on noninvasive, passive appliance therapy for TMJ. Using 3D digital scanning technology, your dentist captures images and measurements of your teeth and designs personalized aligners.

You wear your TMJ aligners as you sleep to prevent grinding and clenching. Often times, your TMJ symptoms start improving within a few days as your jaw joint muscles and connective tissues become more relaxed. Your dentist may recommend pairing your TMJ aligner treatment with pain-relieving laser dentistry treatments with the Biolase® Epic X™ platform.

Your compassionate dentist at Hyun S. Bang, DDS, also spends time counseling you on ways to prevent TMJ flare-ups.

For instance, by learning jaw muscle strengthening exercises and refraining from biting your nail, you can help your temporomandibular joint heal and resolve TMJ issues in no time.

You can get the TMJ treatment you need at the practice of Hyun S. Bang, DDS. Book your TMJ evaluation online or call the clinic to schedule an appointment today.