San Diego/La Jolla
A TMJ specialist specializes in the treatment of temporomandibular disorders (TMD). These disorders are difficult to treat effectively for several reasons. First, the condition may stem from multiple causes. Additionally, many of the diagnostic indicators for TMD occur during sleep, making it almost impossible for patients to describe crucial contributing factors.
By working with a specialist who has extensive experience with TMD, you are more likely to find relief from pain and discomfort. Bob Perkins, DDS, offers accessible and affordable treatment plans to patients from San Diego and La Jolla who are suffering from TMD. If you have any of the symptoms of TMD, reach out to our California offices today to book a consultation.
TMJ Causes, Symptoms, Treatment
The main reason that TMD treatment is a specialist area is due to the number of potential causes. For some patients, genetics are responsible for jaw pain and stiffness. However, grinding of the teeth, misaligned teeth, arthritis, weakness in supporting tissues and injuries may also cause TMD. When any of these factors are combined, it must be reflected in the approach to treatment.
Symptoms of TMD typically include pain in the jaw – especially where the joint connects to the skull. A stiff jaw when speaking, eating or drinking is also a common symptom of disorders affecting the TMJ. While teeth grinding can cause TMD, the reverse is also true. It is, therefore, important that patients are put through a comprehensive examination when displaying the symptoms of TMD.
Dr. Perkins takes a systematic approach to determine the causes of TMD and develops effective treatment plans based on the individual needs of the patient. If you are suffering from persistent jaw pain, contact our offices or call (858) 240-1146 San Diego and La Jolla at your earliest convenience.