TMJ/TMD Treatment

TMJ/TMD Treatment

Are you tired of hearing that your discomfort is “all in your head”? Are you weary of taking medications that partially and temporarily alleviate pain? Have you been to multiple doctors to address a variety of symptoms? You could have temporomandibular joint disorder. The team at Manhattan Beach Dental Solutions provides personalized TMJ/TMD treatment, helping patients in the Manhattan Beach, CA area enjoy improved oral function and comfort.

Why do some people have TMD?

Everyone has TMJs – the hinges that join the jaw to the skull. Why do some people have dysfunction of these joints? The answer depends on the patient. It could be a congenital abnormality, the result of trauma or arthritis, or inadequate nutrition. More commonly, though, TMD is triggered by:

  • Bite imbalance that strains the jaw.
  • Dental issues such as missing teeth or ill-fitting restorations.
  • Chronic stress.
  • Poor posture.
  • Lifestyle habits that strain the jaw.

The condition may present intermittently throughout life or be persistent. Symptoms range from mouth pain to limited mobility of the jaw, headaches and migraines, dizziness, ear pain and noises, stiffness in neck, shoulders, and back, and more. Because the effects of TMD are so varied, the condition is often misdiagnosed or ignored. Comprehensive evaluation of the mouth with consideration for health problems that may seem unrelated is essential for accurate diagnosis.

Many options in TMJ/TMD treatment in Manhattan Beach, CA

The most important thing to remember about TMD is that your discomfort is real and should be taken seriously. The next key factor is that many treatment options are available.

Our team begins with the most conservative/least invasive choices. Sometimes simple lifestyle adjustments like giving up chewing gum or using a hands-free phone, and stress management techniques such as yoga or meditation bring relief. In other cases, modifications to teeth or dental restorations bring the bite into more comfortable balance. A custom-fit oral appliance worn at night reduces strain on joints. More severe cases may warrant cold laser therapy, trigger point injections, or electro-therapeutic point stimulation.

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Maintaining healthy gums and teeth has never been easier in Manhattan Beach, California with the impeccable services delivered by Manhattan Beach Dental Solutions. Outstanding personalized attention, emergency care, advanced methods, and trained staff make patients’ experiences smooth.

With almost three decades of professional experience, Lead Dentist Dr. Don Mungcal focuses on understanding not only your dental goals and needs, but also you and your family’s health history. He is passionate about staying abreast of modern dental technologies and spends several hundred hours annually on continuing education courses. Membership at the California Dental Society also enhances his knowledge, so that patients are the ultimate beneficiaries. Connect with Dr. Don Mungcal on Linkedin

Dr. Mungcal is assisted by Dr. James Lee, General Dentist who has also served in the US Army. Having received his education at Georgia Institute of Technology and University of Southern California School of Dentistry, Dr. Lee pursues continuing education to update and upgrade himself.