Your jaw should always function smoothly without any pain, discomfort or difficulty opening or closing. If you do experience difficulty with the function of your jaw, it may be due to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). This joint connects your jaw to the side of your skull, and if it becomes overworked, damaged, or inflamed, can cause functional problems and jaw pain, known as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) or TMJ disorder. Living with TMJ disorder can cause frequent migraines, difficulty eating, and even lockjaw. Dr. Nammy Patel offers patients suffering from TMD solutions in the form of night and bite guards, as well as occlusal adjustments. With our holistic, non-invasive approaches to correcting jaw pain, you can get back to living a healthy life without discomfort.
TMJ disorder treatment creates a more harmonious relationship between your jaw, teeth and bite.
When correcting your jaw to improve your bite and ease TMJ disorder, Dr. Patel uses proven, holistic techniques. Frequently, patients put strain on their jaw muscle through clenching and grinding that occurs while they sleep. We can prevent this clenching and readjust the bite so your teeth fit more comfortably together with bite and night guards. These are custom fit mouthguards that are worn while you sleep and adjust the position of your bite as well as prevent you from clenching your teeth.
If the cause of your TMJ disorder is found to be an improper bite alignment, Dr. Patel can perform an occlusal adjustment to create a more harmonious relationship between your teeth. By gently filing down cusps of teeth that protrude and throw off your bite, we can create an environment and bite that fits together without putting strain on your jaw joint. This results in a more permanent solution to jaw pain and a relaxed joint.
At Green Dentistry, our goal is to provide you with a healthy and pain-free mouth. A mouth free of discomfort and jaw pain leads to a happier and healthier overall lifestyle. Dr. Patel is skilled in diagnosing TMJ in San Francisco, CA, and can identify the root cause of your pain and what the best solution would be to correcting it. With effective TMJ care, your jaw can function naturally and comfortably without the need for surgery. Our holistic approach will eliminate your discomfort and get you back on the path to oral health and overall wellness.