TMJ Dentist Oxnard, CA
Facial pain is a common symptom of many conditions such as facial neuralgia (nerve-related), abscessed or decayed teeth, ear or sinus infections, some types of headaches, or even tumors.
If you have been experiencing chronic pain in the jaw, neck, head, face, or shoulders, it could be due to a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder.
Visiting Dr. Gil Colmenar in Oxnard, Ca can help to rule out some of the several conditions that mimic TMJ disorders, and ensure that you get proper diagnosis and treatment for the problem.
Diagnosis and Treatment of Temporomandibular Joint Disorders
Depending on your case, Dr. Colmenar will recommend a treatment plan that may include medication for the pain, inflammation, or tense muscles; relaxation techniques to help ease muscle tension; and home care therapy, such as how to get a good night’s sleep.
On your first appointment with Dr. Colmenar, he will perform a thorough examination to identify the exact cause of the TMJ disorder.
Most cases of TMD are caused by jaw injuries or diseases that affect joints, such as arthritis. Moreover, the resulting symptoms can be aggravated by stress, bruxism (clenching or grinding your teeth), and tension in your head and neck muscles. TMDs can also be caused by poor habits such as biting your fingernails or pens and chewing ice cubes, or wearing ill-fitting dentures.
Dr. Colmenar may also recommend that you wear an occlusal splint or night guard. This dental appliance is particularly important if you grind or clench your teeth. It will prevent excessive tooth wear while helping your jaw joints and muscles to relax.
Surgery is hardly every necessary, except when other treatments fail and you find it hard to move your jaw when eating, speaking, or yawning.
Visit your TMJ Dentist in Oxnard, CA
Dr. Gil Colmenar and his team strive to give you the best possible healthcare in Oxnard, Ca. From the warm and inviting atmosphere to the friendly and caring staff, nothing gives us more joy than keeping you pain free. If you think that you have symptoms of TMD, please visit our dental center for professional help.