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TMJ Therapy – Los Gatos, CA

Make Jaw Pain An Issue of The Past

If your temporomandibular joints aren’t functioning the way they should, even the simple act of laughing, yawning, or enjoying a meal is difficult, which is no way to go through life. Dr. Diercks and Dr. Karamardian want to help you live life to the fullest, without jaw pain and discomfort, which is why we offer multiple types of TMJ therapy in Los Gatos, CA to help your jaw joints function better. If you think you may suffer from temporomandibular joint dysfunction, or TMD, we can help! Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

Man in need of T M J therapy holding his jaw

Why Choose Los Gatos Dental Group for TMJ Therapy?

  • Minimize Day-to-Day TMJ Discomfort
  • Two Experienced Dentists
  • Customized TMJ Therapies

Signs and Symptoms of TMJ Disorder

Woman with T M J disorder experiencing neck pain

When your jaw joints hurt, it can be all you think about. Since TMD affects all the muscles around the joints, jaw pain may not be the only symptom you notice. Here are some other common signs of TMD:

  • Clicking or popping on one or both sides
  • Headaches
  • Earaches or neck pain
  • Locked jaw
  • During a checkup, we may find damage to your teeth such as fractures, chips, or a flattening of the chewing surface (all of which are signs of clenching and grinding)

The Importance of Getting Treatment

Model of jaw and skull bone

Treatment is incredibly important for multiple reasons. First, it will get you out of pain, which is worthwhile in and of itself. Second, it will protect the joint from further damage and deterioration. Think of it the same way you would if you had problems with another joint such as a sprained ankle or knee injury - you would want to seek out treatment before continuing to walk on it to avoid further injury. It’s just as important to protect your TMJ by getting effective treatment.

And, last but certainly not least, TMD treatment in Los Gatos will prevent cracks, chips and other types of damage to your teeth, helping you avoid procedures such as dental crowns to repair them.

TMD Treatment Options

Hand holding an occlusal splint for T M J therapy

We offer two main options for TMJ therapy:

Oral Appliances

Wearing either a nightguard or an occlusal splint offers a lot of relief for many people. Designed to reposition your jaws while you sleep, an oral appliance helps the muscles and joint function properly and reduces the tension in the TMJ. A nightguard also absorbs the force on your teeth to prevent chips, fractures, and other damage.

Occlusal Adjustment

“Occlusal” refers to your bite and how your teeth come together. By making small adjustments to the chewing surfaces of your teeth, we can correct your bite, take the pressure off the TMJ, and reduce the likelihood that you’ll clench and grind.

To further reduce the inflammation and pain associated with TMD, we may recommend combining one of these therapies with stress management techniques, massage, applying a warm compress to the area, or the occasional use of anti-inflammatory medications.