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TMJ Treatment - Brentwood, CA

Restore Your Life with
TMJ Treatment

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"My TMJ Was Misdiagnosed For 3 Years Until I Came To Balfour Dental."

Evidence-Based Science to Relieve TMJ

Located on each side of the head in front of your ears, the small triangular-shaped temporomandibular joints (TMJs) work together when you chew, speak and swallow. The TMJs also control your lower jaw as it moves forward, backward and side-to-side. If you’re suffering from jaw pain, soreness, headaches or tooth clenching/grinding, these could be signs of a TMJ disorder, often referred to as just TMJ. If you have TMJ, it’s common to experience limited mouth opening or difficulty chewing due to pain and locking of these joints. Our dentists Dr. Dimple Rayani and Dr. Sien Siao completed advanced neuromuscular dentistry courses at the prestigious Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dental Studies focused on treating TMJ and malocclusion. There’s no need to suffer in silence, because Balfour Dental specializes in state-of-the-art TMJ treatment in Brentwood, CA to alleviate pain and restore your quality of life!

TMJ Facts and Causes

Population-based studies show that TMJ disorders impact 10–15% of adults, but only 5% seek treatment. This debilitating disorder affects women two to four times more frequently than men with a greater incidence of related disability. TMJ peaks around the ages of 20 to 40 and is associated with a significant financial burden related to loss of work. TMJ causes involve many factors, and it’s still not fully understood. Triggers appear to be biologic, environmental, social, emotional and cognitive. Although trauma, malocclusion and psychological factors play a role in TMJ, studies suggest they exacerbate the condition rather than cause it. As such, it’s believed that certain patients that are vulnerable to TMJ develop pain and dysfunction following acute physical or psychological trauma. TMJ is typically categorized by three main categories, with the first one accounting for 80% of cases:

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Do You Have a TMJ Disorder?

Restore Your Life with TMJ Treatment

The team at Balfour Dental understands that TMJ symptoms can be painful and often debilitating. The first step on your path to wellness involves utilizing our advanced training and technologies to make an accurate diagnosis. We’ll examine your teeth, mouth, gums and tongue for TMJ signs; palpate the muscles of your head, neck, and shoulders to determine the level of tenderness; measure your lower jaw range of motion; and perform diagnostic imaging. Customized TMJ treatment in Brentwood, CA focuses on restoring long-term comfort through proper bite and dentition.
The manner in which your upper and lower teeth come together (occlusion or bite) involves your teeth, muscles and joints. If your teeth don’t fit together properly (misaligned bite), the muscles and joints tend to get overworked, leading to painful conditions such as TMJ. Neuromuscular dentistry considers the entire system that controls jaw positioning and function and focuses on fixing alignment and occlusion to ensure TMJs work in harmony and don’t cause further problems. As neuromuscular dentists, Dr. Rayani and Dr. Siao leverage accepted scientific principles of pathophysiology, anatomy, form and function to objectively evaluate the complex relationship between teeth, TMJs and the masticatory (chewing) muscles to restore proper occlusion and alleviate pain.
As a diagnostic technique, EMG senses and records the electrical potential created when muscular cells are activated by neural or electrical stimulation with superficial or needle electrodes. The results provide information on muscular contraction, tone and fatigue. The use of EMG biofeedback to guide bite has also been shown to be successful in reducing myofacial pain due to primary or secondary TMJ disorders. Studies indicate EMG is especially helping in the treatment of TMJ in patients with bruxism and malocclusion.
  • + Bite and chew food comfortably
  • + Minimize or alleviate jaw pain
  • + Speak, laugh and yawn without lockjaw
  • + Improve your overall quality of life

Enjoy life again free of jaw pain and stiffness.

Find relief with sophisticated TMJ treatment in Brentwood, CA with Balfour Dental!

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