Innovative Treatments for TMJ
At Dr. Borzoo Ahmadi's dental practice in Beverly Hills, we understand the impact that TMJ disorders can have on your daily life.
Our comprehensive TMJ treatment aims to alleviate symptoms, restore proper jaw function, and improve your overall well-being. If you're experiencing jaw pain, clicking sounds, or discomfort while speaking or chewing, you might be dealing with a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. Call today to schedule your Beverly Hills consultation and receive leading care for lasting relief.
TMJ refers to the temporomandibular joint, which is the bone structure, muscles, and connective tissues that surround the jaw and control chewing. When patients experience disorders of this joint, they are said to have a temporomandibular joint disorder or TMD. Symptoms of TMD include pain and tenderness near the jaw, as well as popping or clicking in the joint when speaking or chewing. There are many ways of treating TMJ disorders, ranging from non-invasive therapy and bite splints to injections or surgery. Left untreated, however, TMJ disorders can lead to headaches, muscle pain, malocclusion, and tooth damage from grinding or clenching.
That TMD alone is not a disorder but instead a collection of disorders that affect the temporomandibular joint? It is the second most common pain-causing musculoskeletal condition in the U.S. according to the U.S. National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, as many as 12 percent of Americans may suffer from some type of TMD, with women twice as likely to be affected than men. But despite the prevalence and wide availability of treatment, only one out of every three people with TMD fails to seek treatment.
TMJ treatment offers several benefits that can significantly improve your quality of life. These include:
Effective TMJ treatment can alleviate jaw pain, headaches, and muscle discomfort associated with TMD.
Restoring proper jaw movement can help you chew, speak, and perform daily activities without discomfort.
Treating TMJ disorders early can prevent further damage to the jaw joint, teeth, and surrounding structures.
Enhanced Quality of Life
By addressing TMD symptoms, TMJ treatment can contribute to improved overall well-being and reduced stress.
Determining the most suitable TMJ treatment for you begins with a personalized consultation at Dr. Borzoo Ahmadi's Beverly Hills office. During this consultation, Dr. Borzoo and our experienced team will conduct a thorough evaluation of your jaw, discuss your symptoms, and consider your medical history. This comprehensive assessment allows us to create a tailored treatment plan that addresses your unique needs and goals.
The TMJ treatment procedure varies based on your specific condition and needs. Dr. Borzoo Ahmadi will recommend the most appropriate approach to alleviate your symptoms and restore proper jaw function. Depending on your situation, treatment options may include:
Non-Invasive Therapies: Lifestyle modifications, physical therapy, and orthotic devices may be recommended for mild TMJ disorders.
Medications: Pain relievers, muscle relaxants, or anti-inflammatory drugs may be prescribed to manage pain and discomfort.
Botox Injections: Botox can relax jaw muscles and alleviate symptoms caused by TMJ disorders.
Restorative Dentistry: Dental procedures such as crowns or orthodontic treatment may be used to correct bite issues contributing to TMJ disorders.
Undergoing TMJ treatment can yield transformative results, providing much-needed relief from pain and discomfort while simultaneously enhancing your overall oral health. The outcomes vary based on the selected treatment approach, encompassing the following aspects:
Experience relief from prevalent TMD symptoms, such as jaw pain, headaches, and muscle tension. The treatment effectively addresses these discomforts, promoting a heightened level of comfort. The restoration of proper jaw movement is a notable outcome of TMJ treatment. This outcome facilitates more comfortable speaking, chewing, and swallowing, contributing to improved daily functioning. In addition, the alleviation of TMD symptoms holds the potential to significantly improve your overall quality of life. By relieving discomfort and reducing stress levels associated with these symptoms, you can enjoy a heightened sense of well-being and improved emotional health.
Following your TMJ treatment, our team will provide you with specific aftercare instructions tailored to your chosen treatment approach. Recovery and healing times can vary, but your comfort and well-being are our top priorities. We will guide you through the recovery process, ensuring that you experience a smooth transition to improved jaw function and reduced TMD symptoms.
You will first need to be formally examined and diagnosed with TMJ disorder. Your dentist will evaluate the extent of the condition and determine what course of treatment is best for you. Usually, the initial approach involves conservative treatments, such as self-care, physical therapy and bite guards. Medications may also be used to relax the jaw or relieve pain. Patients who do not respond to conservative treatments may be considered for surgery or joint injections.
No! There are many treatments to pursue before surgical procedures are considered. For instance, if the condition is thought to be stress-related, the simplest solution is the temporary usage of over-the-counter pain relievers, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), muscle relaxants and ice-pack therapy for immediate relief. At the same time, you can work on lifestyle changes to eliminate the stress. Of course, many other options are available to treat non-stress-related TMJ, so open communication with Dr. Hale is crucial.
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TMJ treatment varies from patient to patient, so your experience may be very different from someone else’s. You’ll probably be asked to adopt certain lifestyle changes to help facilitate rehabilitation in your jaw. For example, you may be asked to avoid sudden jaw movements, such as yelling or yawning. You may also need to begin sleeping on your back and take steps to reduce your stress levels.
Your post-treatment care instructions will vary according to the type of treatment you receive. If you undergo an aggressive treatment, such as surgery, you may be temporarily subject to an all-liquid diet. You’ll also need to apply ice to the face to minimize swelling and also keep the surgical site clean and dry.
Time to see a dentist? Let us introduce you to a new level of care at the practice of Dr. Borzoo Ahmadi, DDS, in West Hollywood, CA. Patients from West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, and all over the world have unlocked more beautiful smiles and lasting oral health with our help. We can’t wait to show you your most confident smile.