What is TMJ Disorder?
The Temporomandibular Joint is an important joint which controls the movement of your jaw. Unfortunately many people experience pain, clicking and headaches related to this joint. TMJ problems are common and affect over 10 million Americans, but even mild problems with this joint can lead to much more serious, and unexpected, issues if left untreated:
· Jaw clenching
· Wearing of the jaw joint and teeth
· Neck & shoulder pain
· Sleep apnea
· Airway restriction
· High blood pressure
Dr. Stephen Ikemiya is our TMJ dentist and related issues, such as sleep apnea and airway orthopedics. Dr. Ikemiya is a leading expert in the treatment of TMJ disorder, bringing over 20 years of experience in the field. He believes in treating this disorder in holistic and non-invasive ways including palate expansion, straightening of the jaw and therapy designed to help you exercise your jaw muscles & observe proper posture.
At Monterey Peninsula Dental Group, we believe in treating the whole patient, not just the symptoms of TMJ disorder. We take a diagnostic approach, taking the time to observe a patient, order relevant tests, and correct the issue over time. If you’d like to schedule an appointment to correct your TMJ disorder, please request an appointment using the form below.
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