Reliable TMJ Treatment in San Diego, CA
Are you tired of enduring unbearable headaches?
Do you suffer from chronic fatigue?
Does your jaw click or pop when you chew?
These symptoms are not normal. Nor are they a sign of aging or natural “wear and tear.” They are commonly associated with a disorder known as TMD, which involves the Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ). Neuromuscular dentistry focuses on the treatment of TMJ disorders, which may lead to the following symptoms:
- Jaw pain/clicking
- Limited movement/inability to open the mouth
- Serious migraines/headaches
- Ringing/stuffy ears
- Pain in the lower neck area that radiates all the way to the back
- Sleep disorders
Advances in TMJ therapy have made it possible to treat Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMD) with conservative and effective therapies.
TMD is often undiagnosed because there is no specialist for TMD. For example, an endodontist is a specialist for root canal treatment, a periodontist is a specialist for the gums, and an orthodontist is a specialist for braces. Often, several doctors would see patients for TMD; ENT for the ear symptoms, dentist for the jaw, general physician for the neck and body aches/fatigue, and often even a neurologist for headaches/migraines, all giving their own treatment plans separately. This can result in some symptoms improving, other symptoms getting worse, or symptoms not improving at all. Usually by the time Dr. Friedman sees patients for TMD, they have spent thousands of dollars, seen several different doctors, been given several different options, and often been put on medication, which all results in frustration, confusion, and pure disgust. Always be careful when seeing a doctor for TMD and making decisions concerning treatment and the money involved.
Dr. Friedman had a family member several years ago with all the above symptoms, eventually hindering her daily activities and zest for life. For this reason, Scripps Ranch dentist Dr. Friedman has attended several years of educational courses focused on TMD, keeping himself abreast with the quickly advancing field of neuromuscular dentistry. Dr. Friedman utilizes his extensive training in TMD and Orthodontics to present a detailed and comprehensive plan of action for pain and the symptoms often associated with the disorder. The treatment of TMJs can provide physical relief of pain, as well as cosmetic enhancements to jaw alignments, which are most noticeable in a patient’s side profile and chin placement; this is often referred to as “full mouth reconstruction.” After just three months of treatment, most patients experience relief from headaches and TMJ-related pain.