TMJ & TMD Specialist San Francisco & Bay Area
Temporomandibular joint disorders, commonly called TMJ or TMD, can impact both your health and quality of life if left untreated. The muscles, nerves and bones of the jaw joint play a critical role in allowing you to open and close your mouth, chew your food and speak on a daily basis. When this joint is malfunctioning or under excessive strain, the resulting symptoms can be quite disruptive to your everyday life. Dr. Bob Perkins is an experienced dentist who specializes in treating TMJ disorders. From his state-of-the-art office in San Francisco, Dr. Perkins can often offer immediate relief to patients suffering from jaw, head and neck pain related to TMJ and TMD.
Our practice has a unique focus on TMD treatment, serving patients in the San Francisco and Bay Area with quick and highly effective therapies to relieve their symptoms. Dr. Perkins has years of extensive training and experience in this field. He understands the threats that TMD can impose on one’s health, comfort and quality of life. You’ll be met with superior, patient-centered care at every step when choosing Dr. Perkins for your TMJ treatment in San Francisco.
TMJ Syndrome Causes, Symptoms, Treatment
There are a number of different causes of TMJ syndrome. Patients can experience TMJ symptoms any time there is extensive pressure on the jaw joint and surrounding muscles, or when the position of the jaw is out of alignment. This can be caused by everything from an improper bite or arthritis to a neck disorder, traumatic injury or genetic positioning of the jaw. Regardless of the cause, the symptoms of TMD can be severe if not treated in a timely manner. Symptoms of TMJ syndrome can include the following:
It is important to realize that TMD symptoms can vary widely and range from mild to severe. An accurate diagnosis is critical to the success of your treatment. You can trust Dr. Perkins to perform an extensive examination of your jaw and bite ratio to determine if TMJ is the source of your pain. If your exam reveals evidence of abnormal stress on your jaw joint, Dr. Perkins is qualified to perform quick, in-office manipulations of your jaw. This not only aligns the teeth and jaw into a more comfortable and functional position, but it often provides immediate pain relief for the patient. Dr. Perkins is committed to not only restoring comfort to patients with TMD, but also helping them find a long-term solution.
When choosing Dr. Perkins at our San Francisco office, you can expect him to utilize his knowledge and expertise in the following areas to meet your needs:
Beyond treating TMD, Dr. Perkins also helps patients who suffer from sleep apnea, as this sleep condition is closely linked to the position of your jaw while sleeping. Dr. Perkins is equipped with the knowledge and skill it takes to implement an effective treatment plan and help patients avoid the serious consequences of sleep apnea, which often affect the overall health. We proudly educate sleep apnea sufferers on the following:
There’s no reason to endure the pain and daily disruptions of TMJ, TMD or sleep apnea. Contact the San Francisco office of Bob Perkins, DDS, to schedule an examination and get treatment for your jaw or sleep disorder. Many patients find effective relief in just one office visit.
Our Happy Patients
Based on 18 reviews
He is the best dentist I have ever been to and I don’t see myself ever changing unless I move out of state. He is worth the drive from anywhere and it gives you a great reason to take a vacation day and to go to the beach as well.
I broke my tooth during the holidays and Dr Perkins saw me immediately even though he was supposed to leave for the holidays. And the staff are as charming and caring as he is. I walked out of there within an hour with my temporary tooth in place and not one ounce of pain. He’s the best !
Always a pleasure to see the dentist knowing my smile is improving! Bob is caring and I tell all my good friends about him & people who appreciate beauty and attention to detail.
San Francisco Office
Tel: (415) 766-0485
500 Sutter St #615
San Francisco, CA 94102