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There are myriad potential causes and triggers of temporomandibular joint dysfunction or disorder. Also, there are many “unknowns” associated with TMJ disorders. Fortunately, our dental professionals in Los Angeles County, California, can pinpoint potential signs associated with problematic TM joints. TMJs are present on both sides of the face. They behave like hinges to facilitate the smooth jaw movements necessary for comfortable, healthy functions like chewing food.
Beverly Hills Advanced Specialties of Dentistry is in the best possible position to accurately detect and quickly and effectively relieve symptoms like pain, jaw stiffness and locking, chronic headaches, earaches, and tinnitus. Dentist Dr. Frank Vidjak has acquired highly specialized training and experience in prosthodontics. As a prosthodontist, Dr. Vidjak skillfully diagnoses and resolves conditions affecting the structure, health, function, and appearance of oral and facial tissues and jaws. He and our specialist in endodontics, Dr. Fanny Yacaman, have also invested in cutting-edge technologies to support their training in the latest techniques and understanding even the most complex cases.
Dr. Vidjak may suspect that you suffer from TMJDs during an evaluation. In addition to the above symptoms, many individuals with TMJD may brux or grind their teeth persistently. Chronic bruxism can present during oral exams as chips, fractures, and excessive wear and tear to teeth and dental restorations such as crowns. Upon further investigation, Dr. Vidjak may recommend an oral appliance.
These oral devices have two-fold benefits for patients with TMJ symptoms and chronic teeth grinding: First, they protect the teeth and dental work from damage or further wear and tear. Second, these devices that slide into the mouth help cushion the blow or pressure placed on the teeth from prolonged bruxism. There are a variety of appliances; some devices prevent the rear teeth from touching when biting down. This relieves the pressure that is placed on the jaws, joints, and muscles. As tension is released, the severity and frequency of disruptive and painful symptoms are also alleviated.
Oral appliances are non-invasive, easy-to-wear, low-maintenance, and portable alternatives to invasive surgical intervention and medications that may relieve pain in the short term but do not address the underlying source of discomfort and immobility. If these and other symptoms sound familiar, call Beverly Hills Advanced Specialties of Dentistry at (310) 861-3955. Our specialists, Drs Frank Vidjak and Fanny Yacaman are committed to real, lasting relief and treatment of an array of conditions that can adversely affect your smile’s health and quality of life.