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TMJ Therapy in Northridge, CA

Effective TMJ Therapy For Lasting Relief

Your temporomandibular joints, or your jaw muscles, are essential to your ability to eat, speak, and smile. However, just like any muscle system, they’re prone to painful problems, often classified as TMD. Fortunately, at Mid-Valley Dental Care, the Lau dentists can help you regain proper jaw function and alleviate your discomfort with safe and effective TMJ therapy

What Is TMD?

TMD stands for temporomandibular joint disorders. TMD can be caused by numerous issues, such as bruxism (teeth grinding), jaw misalignment, stress, and certain injuries. Common symptoms of TMD include:

  • Pain when chewing
  • A stiff or locking jaw joint
  • Grinding or popping in the jaw joint
  • Frequent headaches
  • The inability to open your mouth fully
  • Pain in your ears, neck, or face
  • Frequent headaches
  • Tinnitus

What Is TMJ therapy?

TMJ therapy involves treatments and procedures your dentist can offer to help alleviate your TMD symptoms. These treatments can be used by themselves or in combination to increase the efficacy of your therapy and address multiple causes of TMD. The Lau dentists will tailor your TMJ therapy to meet your individual needs. Some of the treatments we offer as part of TMJ therapy are as follows:

Jaw & Facial Relaxation Exercises

Many patients benefit from physical therapy exercises that release tension in and strengthen the jaw muscles. These jaw and facial relaxation exercises can be performed in-office or at home. Common exercises our dentists may prescribe include:

  • Stretching exercises
  • Rocabado’s 6×6 exercise routine
  • Kraus’ TMJ exercises 

You can learn more about these and other exercises our dentists may prescribe by dialing our Northridge office at (818) 886-3500 or reading about them here.  

Lifestyle Changes 

Certain lifestyle changes can reduce your TMJ discomfort. Commonly prescribed lifestyle changes include:

  • Avoiding chewing gum
  • Reducing stress or anxiety through medication and/or therapy
  • Stretching your jaw daily
  • Taking smaller bites of food
  • Releasing tension from your head and neck
  • Treating an existing bruxism condition

Restorative Dental Care 

TMJ issues may arise as a result of a bad bite or missing teeth. If your smile has been weakened or is not fully functional, we encourage you to visit our dentists to determine if you would benefit from restorative dental care treatments such as orthodontics, dentures, or dental implants.

Oral Appliances (Mouth guards)

An oral appliance, also called a mouth guard or night guard, can hold the jaw in the proper position to alleviate discomfort and stress. Oral appliances will also cushion the teeth and jaws while you sleep to prevent the teeth from grinding or clenching.

Corrective Jaw Surgery 

A severely bad bite may only be treatable through surgery. Also known as orthognathic surgery, corrective jaw surgery readjusts the bite to improve the alignment of the teeth and jaws. It can also improve the appearance of your facial structure. However, corrective jaw surgery is a last result, which isn’t likely to be recommended unless no other treatment has proven successful.

Frequently Asked Questions

Don’t Wait For TMD To Progress

The Doctors Lau offer their years of combined service to patients from Northridge and its surrounding areas including Granada Hills, Winnetka, and Chatsworth, CA. Our dentists are ready to help alleviate your TMD symptoms with effective, personalized treatment.  

If you believe you’re suffering from TMD, don’t give your symptoms the chance to progress. Call Mid-Valley Dental Care’s Northridge office by dialing (818) 886-3500. You can also submit our contact form and a friendly team member will get back to you shortly. 

Mid-Valley Dental Care

8815 Reseda Blvd.
Northridge, CA 91324

Office Hours

Monday
7:30am – 6pm
Tuesday
8am – 6pm
Wednesday
7:30am – 6pm
Thursday
8am – 6pm
Friday
7:30am – 4pm
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