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TMJ Treatment in San Diego, CA

Dr. Kathrina Agatep is a graduate fellow of the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies and is qualified to properly diagnose and treat TMJ disorders.  Using the most advanced techniques in Neuromuscular dentistry, Dr. Agatep has treated numerous patients with life changing results, and has helped patients improve their quality of life by treating the discomfort and pain associated with TMJ.

As an expert Neuromuscular TMJ Dentist, Dr. Agatep can help you find non-surgical, non-invasive relief from your pain and symptoms associated with TMJ.  Dr. Agatep is one of the few dentists in San Diego qualified to treat TMJ disorders and is committed to improving your condition.

If you are looking for an expert TMJ Dentist in San Diego, contact our office at (858) 490-4281 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Agatep.

Symptoms of TMJ

TMJ, also called TMD, stands for temporomandibular joint disorder. The temporomandibular connects the jaw to the skull. TMJ is a condition that affects this joint and the muscles in the face. TMJ is characterized by pain in the jaw, face, head, teeth, neck, back and shoulders. Symptoms include:

  • Headaches - Often these headaches are mistaken for migraines.

  • Clicking Noises In The Jaw - The patient may hear a clicking or popping noise in the jaw when it's opening and closing.

  • Swelling - The patient may experience tenderness and swelling in the area around the face.

  • Locked Jaw - The patient's jaw may get locked in one position.

  • Bruxism - Patients who suffer from TMJ sometimes grind their teeth.

  • Ear Aches - These ear aches may be connected to the headaches or may come on their own.

  • Problems Fitting The Teeth Together - The patient may notice that their teeth no longer fit together properly when chewing food.

What causes TMJ / TMD

TMJ disorders may stem from a misaligned bite or injury to the jaw, but often the original cause is unknown.  When upper and lower teeth are not aligned properly, they do not provide the support the facial muscles require for optimum movement, thus straining the jaw muscles and causing the painful symptoms associated with TMJ.

TMJ can also manifest after orthodontic treatment, where despite having beautiful straight teeth, function can often be compromised due to asymmetry of the upper and lower teeth.

So what can cause TMJ?

  • Injury

  • Arthritis

  • Stress

  • Missing Teeth

  • Orthodontics (post)

What Your San Diego Dentist Can Do For You

TMJ is a treatable condition, and symptoms can be reduced or eliminated. Your San Diego dentist can help you fight the effects of TMJ using any or a combination of the following methods:

  • Anti-Inflammatory Medication - Ingestion of anti-inflammatory medication can reduce the swelling of the muscles in the face, which can help reduce symptoms and make you more comfortable.

  • Oral Orthosis - Your dentist may suggest that you wear a custom mouthguard, which is  designed to prevent the teeth from grinding together and assisting with proper alignment

  • Application Of Moist Heat - Moist heat applied to the area can help you by relaxing the muscles in the area around the affected joint.

  • Stress Reduction Techniques - Stress can tighten the muscles of the jaw and contribute to problems relating to TMJ. Stress reduction techniques can prevent this from becoming a problem.

  • Chiropractic and/or Physical Therapy

  • Neuromuscular Dentistry – this is Dr. Agatep’s speciality, and she will utilize a number of techniques to align your bite in the most optimal position, all without surgery.

Contact Dental Design SD for San Diego TMJ Treatment

At Dental Design SD, we help patients recover from their misaligned bite and TMJ problems. Our dentist Dr. Agatep is highly skilled and experienced in treatment of TMJ disorders. If you believe that you have TMJ, we're here to diagnose your condition and help you find the treatment you need. For more information about our services, or to make an appointment, contact us today at 858-490-4281.