TMJ Treatment for La Mesa and El Cajon, CA
Your temporomandibular joints, or TMJ, are the joints that connect your jawbone to your skull. Overuse of these joints can result in a temporomandibular joint disorder, which is commonly referred to as TMD. This is a common condition that is characterized by severe chronic headaches, jaw pain, and an intermittent ringing in the ears.
Many people who suffer from TMD don’t know the cause of their symptoms or that they can receive treatment from a dentist. At A Shop for Smiles, we strive to educate our patients to help prevent TMD and provide relief for TMD sufferers in the La Mesa area.
The symptoms of TMD can interfere with everyday life and cause serious discomfort. Providing comfort and pain relief is our first priority when we treat you. At our office, we can devise an immediate plan to treat you after the TMD has been diagnosed.
Our TMJ Treatment
Before TMD treatment begins, Dr. Richard Hagstrom will diagnose the cause of the TMD in order to treat the root of the disorder. He will examine your jaw and bite, take x-rays, and review your history to make an accurate diagnosis. He will recommend treatment accordingly.
There are many different causes for TMD, including the following:
- Bad Bite | If a bad bite or misalignment is the cause of your TMD, Dr. Hagstrom can treat the disorder by realigning your teeth or providing tooth adjustments. In most cases, surgery isn’t required for this type of treatment. Realignment may stop your headaches, jaw pain, and dizziness.
- Grinding | If you grind your teeth while you sleep, you overuse your TMJ and erode the structure of your teeth. Tooth grinding can cause severe dental problems if it isn’t treated. Grinding problems are treated with a special bite guard that is worn at night.
- Injury | Sometimes TMD can also be caused by a blow to the meniscus cartilage. In this case, we will provide help and treatment for the injury to help relieve your TMD symptoms more quickly.
Get Relief Today!
If you are experiencing the symptoms of TMD, please visit us for an exact diagnosis. We can provide relief! Our staff treats patients from the La Mesa and El Cajon areas. You can contact us to schedule an appointment today!