TMJ Irvine

TMJ Irvine CA A TMJ disorder is not just a dental issue – it is a quality of life issue. The condition can affect anyone, male or female, of any age, impacting comfort, sleep, speech, diet, and mental focus. Many people simply live with TMJ pain, rather than suffering side effects of potent prescription pain medications. Irvine dentist, Dr. David Son, offers treatments that address the source of problems, rather than masking symptoms.

Do you have TMD?

Temporomandibular joints on each side of the head hinge the jawbone to the skull. These joints contain a complex array of blood vessels, nerves, ligaments, muscles, and articular discs. When components are in harmony, the jaw moves smoothly up and down, side to side, and forward. Any source of imbalance, however, causes irritation and impaired function, a condition called TMJ dysfunction, or TMD.

Common symptoms of TMD include:
  • Pain in the jaw or face.
  • The jaw is stiff or locks.
  • Clicking and popping noises from the mouth.
  • Changes in bite.
  • Ear pain or ringing.
  • Pain that radiates through neck and shoulders.
  • Headaches and migraines.
  • Bruxism (excessive clenching and grinding at night).

Personalized plan

Dr. Son completed a mini-residency on TMJ disorders. For more than a decade, he has been applying this advanced training to effectively help one patient at a time find relief of TMD, with individualized treatment plans.

Some of the techniques he uses include:
  • Conservative lifestyle changes – Soft diet, moist heat, medications for inflammation, and stress management like yoga and meditation.
  • Cold laser therapy – Stimulates healing of muscles and other tissues.
  • Bite alignment – Restores a balanced relationship of upper and lower arches.
  • Mouth guard – Reduces strain on joints.
  • Botox injections – Relax jaw muscles.
At David Son DDS, your TMJ treatment is as unique as your mouth and your pain. In Irvine, call (949) 565-4929 for experienced care.

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