At Park Place Dental, our experienced team of dentists in San Mateo has been providing comprehensive dental care for over 20 years, including the diagnosis and treatment of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, also known as TMD. Our skilled professionals, including Dr. Robert Rideau - General Practitioner and Dr. Vanessa Lam - General Practitioner, are dedicated to helping patients find relief from the pain and discomfort associated with TMJ/TMD.

What is TMJ/TMD?

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint that connects your jawbone to your skull. When this joint and the muscles that control it become irritated or inflamed, it can lead to a variety of symptoms, collectively referred to as temporomandibular disorders (TMD). Common symptoms of TMJ/TMD include:

  • Pain or tenderness in the jaw, face, neck, or shoulders
  • Clicking, popping, or grating sounds in the jaw joint when opening or closing the mouth
  • Difficulty or discomfort while chewing
  • Locking of the jaw joint, making it difficult to open or close the mouth
  • A change in the way the upper and lower teeth fit together

Causes of TMJ/TMD

The exact cause of TMJ/TMD is not always clear, but several factors can contribute to the development of these disorders, such as:

  • Teeth grinding or clenching (bruxism)
  • Arthritis in the TMJ
  • Stress and anxiety, which can lead to increased muscle tension
  • Trauma or injury to the jaw, face, or neck
  • Misalignment of the teeth or jaw

Diagnosis and Treatment of TMJ/TMD at Park Place Dental

Our experienced dentists at Park Place Dental in San Mateo will perform a thorough examination to diagnose TMJ/TMD. This may include:

  • A review of your medical history and symptoms
  • A physical examination of your jaw, face, neck, and shoulders; checking for tenderness, pain, or limited range of motion
  • Dental X-rays or other imaging tests to assess the condition of your teeth, jaw, and TMJ

Once diagnosed, our dentists will develop a personalized treatment plan to address your specific needs. Treatment options for TMJ/TMD may include:

  • Oral appliances, such as night guards or splints; to help reduce teeth grinding and clenching, and to alleviate pressure on the TMJ
  • Physical therapy exercises to strengthen and stretch the jaw muscles
  • Medications, such as pain relievers, anti-inflammatories, or muscle relaxants
  • Stress management techniques to reduce muscle tension and promote relaxation
  • In some cases, surgical intervention may be necessary to repair or replace the TMJ

Why Choose Park Place Dental for Your TMJ/TMD Treatment?

At Park Place Dental, we have been providing San Mateo with exceptional dental care for over 20 years. Our team of skilled dentists, including a periodontist and general practitioners, is committed to staying up-to-date with the latest advancements in dental technology and techniques to ensure our patients receive the best possible care. We understand that dealing with TMJ/TMD can be painful and frustrating, which is why we take a compassionate and patient-centered approach to treatment. Our goal is to help you find relief from your symptoms and improve your overall quality of life.

If you are experiencing symptoms of TMJ/TMD, don't wait to seek treatment. Contact Park Place Dental today to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced dentists in San Mateo. We are here to help you achieve optimal oral health and wellness.