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What is TMD/TMJ?

At Integrative Dental Arts, we offer more than cosmetic dentistry services. We can also help with jaw alignment problems. Many people in the Agoura Hills, Thousand Oaks area rely on us for help with TMD symptoms. TMJ (temporomandibular joint) is the joint that can develop pain and dysfunction called TMD (temporomandibular disorder). The Integrative Dental Arts team on the border of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties has extensive training in this area. Dr. Kathleen Carson has vast neuromuscular expertise and can diagnose and treat TMJ pain/TMD.

Physiologic Neuromuscular Dentistry

Your teeth, nerves, muscles and joints are parts of a body system that must function in harmony in order for you to achieve overall oral health, balance & beauty.

The goal of physiologic neuromuscular dentistry is to optimize bite and jaw alignment. We achieve this by finding the best resting jaw position and relaxing the jaw muscles.

JAWS THAT ARE UNBALANCED AND OUT OF ALIGNMENT CAN LEAD TO:

  • Clenching and grinding
  • TMJ Pain/TMD symptoms
  • Headaches
  • Vertigo/motion sickness
  • Tinnitus
  • Airway obstructions
  • Gum recession
  • Chipped and broken teeth
  • And much more

What's the Difference Between TMJ and TMD?

Everyone has TMJ. The TMJ is the hinge joint that connects the lower jaw to your skull; TMD is the disorder of the TMJ, which causes many uncomfortable symptoms.

Symptoms of Temporomandibular Disorder

  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Limited mouth opening
  • Neck, shoulder, back pain or stiffness
  • Clicking or grating sounds to TM joint
  • Pain or soreness in TM joint
  • Locking jaw (opened or closed)
  • Unexplained teeth or facial pain
  • Earaches stuffiness, or ringing
  • Pain behind the eyes
  • Dizziness
  • Numbness in fingers or arms

TMD / TMJ Treatment

For many people with TMD, there are periods of dormancy, and periods of excruciating pain. You don’t have to keep dealing with pain and TMD symptoms. We can offer several treatment options to ease your symptoms including the Natural Headache Therapy system. We’re also proficient in a neuromuscular approach, which can help with a number of problems, such as headaches, jaw pain, neck pain, and a misaligned bite.

Equipped with advanced dental technology and dedication to on-going training, the Cosmetic Dentistry team at Integrative Dental Arts, conveniently located near Los Angeles, CA are here to answer any of your TMD/TMJ questions.

Contact Us

The first step towards a beautiful, healthy smile is to schedule an appointment.

Please contact our office by phone 818-889-0400 or complete this appointment request form.

 Our patient coordinator will contact you to assist in scheduling the right appointment for you.

It is important that we speak with you before scheduling an appointment time to ensure that we have the appropriate time set aside for your specific needs and concerns.

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