This page is just a brief overview of a jaw disorder that impacts approximately 10 million Americans and women are more than twice as likely to suffer from the disorder than men. If you are feeling lost, frustrated and confused...you are not alone! For a great way to help you get on the right track, grab a copy of
TMJ disorder refers to pain and or dysfunction of the temporal mandibular joint of your jaw and related soft tissue. Symptoms may include clicking, popping, and/or grinding sounds when chewing. Jaw soreness from ordinary daily activities like chewing and speaking may occur. Pain can range from dull aches to acute stabbing pain in the jaw and side of the face. The symptoms are many and varied but may include, tooth pain, ear pain, eye pain, scalp pain and pretty much pain in any area of the head and neck where the nerves extend to and also by referred pain.
People who suffer from TMJ disorder may wear their teeth abnormally resulting in further stress to the jaw joint. Clenching and/or grinding the teeth at night can make matters worse for both the teeth and jaw. Headaches are also another common pain from TMJ disorder. TMJ disorder is a complex issue due to the joint being the only bi-hinged joint in the body and also the most used joint. The joint function involves rotation as well as forward/backward movement.
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What can be done to treat this complex issue? The short answer is that there is no ONE treatment or "silver bullet" so to speak for everyone. A comprehensive approach must be taken that is custom tailored for each patient's individual needs. Dr. Dino Bonyadi has been researching and practicing various TMJ treatment methods since day one of his practice of dentistry in an attempt to help ease his wife, Jenna's, jaw pain. In keeping with his non-invasive approach whenever possible, Dr. Dino has become quite knowledgeable regarding mouthgaurds/nightgaurds, re-positioning appliances, and dietary recommendations to assist TMJ patients with pain management. Just like the symptoms, the treatment for TMJD can be many and varied as well. So much that Dr. Bonyadi and his wife Jenna Michaud-Bonyadi decided to write a book to help guide TMJD patients. You can find out more about the book here Your Roadmap to TMJ Health, Navigate your way through TMJ disorder with a comprehensive approach to healing.
Mouth devices (such as nightgaurds, splints and other appliances worn in the mouth) aim to ease stress on the joint by either cushioning concussive forces or by directing the joint to a more effective position. Other, non-dental therapy such as chiropractic and acupuncture is usually extremely beneficial. Acupuncture works to reduce inflammation, release muscles and tendons in spasm, and heal the joint. Here's what Dr. Bonyadi's wife, Jenna has to say about her acupuncture sessions for TMJ disorder....
"I felt improvement after the first treatment and the minor discomfort of the very thin needles is nothing compared to the years of pain in my jaw. My TMJ disorder has been chronic for most of my life and caused a vicious cycle of pain in my neck/shoulder. I have tried just about every TMJ appliance/device there is and I can tell you that nothing has given me the level of comfort that acupuncture has."
- Jenna Michaud-Bonyadi, Dr. Bonyadi's wife, patient, & co-author
Recently, Dr. Bonyadi added another very effective option for treating TMJD as well as any head and neck pain. Find out more about acuscope therapy here. It's like acupuncture x 100 but without the needles.
Call us today for your appointment with Dr. Bonyadi,
a 1992 U.S.C. Dental School graduate.
a 1992 U.S.C. Dental School graduate.