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San Francisco Office

500 Sutter St #615

San Francisco, CA 94102

TMJ & TMD Causes

Temporomandibular joint syndrome is a complex disorder that can be caused by a variety of factors and produce a wide range of symptoms. A TMJ specialist such as Dr. Bob Perkins has the knowledge and experience to accurately diagnose and treat this intricate system of muscles, nerves and moving bones within the jaw joint. When the TMJ malfunctions or becomes strained or damaged, the resulting symptoms can range from mild discomfort to intense pain in the jaw or even radiating discomfort to the head, neck and shoulder regions.

With decades of experience as a TMJ dental expert, Dr. Perkins is highly qualified to help identify the specific cause of TMJ syndrome for each individual patient, which fosters more effective relief and a better long-term treatment plan. Our San Francisco office offers jaw joint manipulations, TMJ orthodontics, jaw pain physical therapy and more.

Specialist Explains What Causes TMJ

Dr. Perkins is considered an expert in treating TMJ and TMD. He has extensive education, training and experience in treating disorders and dysfunction of the jaw. Dr. Perkins is committed to delivering personalized patient care with the ability to offer same day relief for many patients. Determining the correct cause of your TMJ symptoms is the first and most critical step to a successful treatment. Through years of study and experience, Dr. Perkins has targeted the following causes of TMJ:

Traumatic Impact
An injury or blunt trauma to the jaw can cause immediate alterations to the structure of the bones, joint and muscles. Whether it was a sports-related injury or car accident, the jaw can suffer lasting damage and produce dysfunction years after the traumatic impact.

Imbalanced Bite
A proper bite allows you to chew without placing excessive strain on the jaw. When the teeth are not aligned properly, it stresses the TMJ over time and can lead to discomfort in the jaw, neck and head area.

All in the Family
In some cases, genetics are to blame for a jaw joint disorder. Your family genes can influence the way your teeth and jaw are shaped, as well as the alignment of your bite and if you are a mouth breather. These are all contributing factors to TMJ syndrome.

Collar Connection
The neck, shoulders and jaw are closely associated with one another. This explains why abnormal stress or extensive strain in the jaw can lead to pain in the shoulders, and vice versa. Dr. Perkins can address TMJ pain that is causing radiating symptoms in your neck or shoulders.

What is causing your TMJ symptoms? If you live near the Bay Area, we invite you to contact Dr. Perkins for a consultation in our state-of-the-art San Francisco office. Diagnosing the cause of your TMD is the first step towards long-term relief and an improved quality of life.

Our Happy Patients


Based on 18 reviews

Karen M.

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.

Diana B.

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 !

Marissa B.

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

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