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TMJ Treatment in La Jolla

TMJ, or “temporomandibular joint syndrome” affects millions of people across America, with about 12 percent of the population living with symptoms. TMJ (sometimes referred to as TMD) presents a range of unpleasant symptoms, including:

  • Pain in jaw joint
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Facial pain
  • Chewing issues
  • Popping, clicking or grinding when opening mouth
  • Jaw that locks
  • Buzzing or ringing in the ears
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Tingling sensation in arms
  • Limited range of jaw motion

TMJ: Checking Bite

TMJ often includes bite problems. The way your teeth work together, upper and lower, is called occlusion. A “malocclusion” is a condition in which the teeth no longer function as they should when biting. When the teeth are in this condition, you may experience sensitivity, a sore jaw, broken fillings, or areas of the teeth surfaces that have been ground down. Teeth that have moved out of place and are causing problems may have even created gaps or are crooked. One of the first issues we evaluate during our La Jolla TMJ treatment is the condition of your bite to determine whether you have a malocclusion.

Treating TMJ

The first step in our San Diego TMJ treatment is a full evaluation of the problem. To identify the cause, at La Jolla Dental Care, we employ various investigative tests, including a hands-on observation of jaw motion, along with a CT scan and digital, low-radiation X-rays. Once the problem is identified, a treatment plan is developed to treat and resolve the condition. The various La Jolla TMJ treatments we offer include:

  • TMJ splints: Occlusal splints are manufactured from a hard acrylic and fit over the surface of the affected teeth. This treatment is geared to correct the bite and contact between upper and lower teeth. The splint also protects the teeth from further damage and encourages normal muscle function, working to create the correct relationship in the teeth when biting. The splint can also protect the teeth during sleep if grinding teeth is an issue.
  • Bite adjustment: The dental arts have advanced over the years, and bite adjustment can be achieved without surgical intervention in many cases. A custom night guard may be effective. Some patients may need a dental procedure in which certain tooth surfaces are altered so the teeth fit together correctly.
  • Implants: a customized implant can be manufactured to suit the facial anatomy of the patient. A lost or damaged tooth frequently impacts the function of the other teeth, disrupting the natural bite. TMJ is often associated with the loss of a tooth or teeth, which can be fully resolved with an implant, restoring the healthy function of bite, teeth, and jaw.
  • Surgery: TMJ can often be successfully treated without the need for surgery. In some cases, this is the most appropriate option, and will be advised when other more conservative treatments will not resolve the problem. At La Jolla Dental Care, we seek the least invasive, most effective treatment so our patients can avoid the need for a surgical procedure. For very extreme cases, a procedure can realign the jaw surgically. Injections can be made to irrigate the jaw joint, scar tissue removed, and then lubricants, steroids, or medications injected to ease joint pain.

TMJ Resolution at La Jolla Dental Care

As an award-winning dentist, Dr. Han has built his practice around personal attention and care, along with the use of the most advanced dental techniques. If you believe you may have TMJ and are suffering any of the symptoms, it is important that you are treated as early as possible.

Treating TMJ as Early as Possible is Important to Your Dental and Oral Health

Unfortunately, without TMJ treatment, your bite problems are likely to damage your teeth, and can potentially lead to a range of other more difficult dental and oral problems. We invite you to visit our dental clinic and discover a truly unique practice that is warm, friendly, and where the most advanced treatments and procedures are available.

Ready to find out about TMJ and what treatment you may need? Let us evaluate your condition and advise you how to restore a healthy bite and be free of the uncomfortable or painful symptoms of TMJ.

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For a consultation with Dr. Han, please call us at (858) 281-4121 or click here to schedule online.


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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19


La Jolla Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry are committed to the health and safety of our patients, team members and communities. We want to assure you that we are being extra vigilant about your safety during the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

We are posting this to keep you informed about the additional safety measures we are taking to protect you during this time.

We have reinforced our already comprehensive Infection Control procedures with our team members, which include frequent handwashing, use of clean masks and gloves, and disinfecting all surfaces in the treatment rooms and reception areas. We are also taking the following additional steps:

  • Increasing the frequency of thorough cleaning and disinfecting of all surfaces of the office
  • Instructing patients and team members to stay home if they’ve traveled to high-risk areas or if they have any COVID-19 related symptoms
  • Removing communal items that may be touched by multiple people throughout the day such as our coffee station and magazines
  • Maintaining a lower flow of patients to alleviate any traffic in the office and allow for social distancing

In closing, the safety of our patients, team members and community are paramount. As the coronavirus pandemic evolves, we will continue to actively monitor the local situation and follow CDC recommendations.

We are hopeful these proactive changes will contribute to helping our community get past the Coronavirus situation soon. We are committed to serving our community and are here to help.

Thank you for choosing La Jolla Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry as your family’s dental provider!

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