Find the best TMJ treatment in Orange County by our Award-winning dentist Ivan Ho, he uses advanced technology to treat problems related to the jaw joint.
Ivan Ho, DDS, Smile Transformation Specialist
The jaw joints, which are scientifically known as the temporomandibular joints (TMJ), are among the most complex joints in the human body. The TMJ allows us to open our mouth and enables the lower jaw to move forward, back, and sideways. Many muscles, ligaments, discs, and bones play their role in moving the jaw joints. If there is improper alignment between the upper and lower jaws, it can result in a complex set of problems known as the TMJ disorder.
What is TMJ Disorder?
TMJ disorder, which is mainly characterized by a sharp pain around the jaws or ears during speech or eating, can be caused by a variety of problems. Some of these problems include arthritis (or any other form of joint inflammation), jaw injury, poor bite or jaw alignment, and excessive tooth grinding or stress. In some cases, it can be difficult for a dentist to pinpoint the exact cause of TMD. However, there are specific TMJ treatment that can make a vast improvement.
Management of TMJ Disorders
Management of TMJ disorders mainly involves treating the underlying problem. When TMJ pain arises because of an improper posture caused by the misalignment of the neck and the back region, a massage can offer good relief. If the underlying cause of the TMJ pain is due to a poor bite, Ivan Ho may recommend braces or recommend a surgical solution if the problem is complex. Generally, Dr.Ivan Ho recommends a nightguard to prevent excessive pressure on your jaw joints caused by night-time teeth grinding.
Dr. Ivan Ho, DDS, an award-winning Orange County dentist, will work thoroughly with you to find the underlying cause of your TMJ. He will then prepare a detailed, customized treatment plan to resolve your situation. Having more than thirty years of clinical experience, Dr. Ivan Ho has solved many complex TMJ problems for his patients, restoring their smiles and their ability to eat and speak without difficulty.