The temporomandibular joint, commonly called the TMJ, is one of the most common causes of discomfort or pain in your mouth. It does play an important role in your oral function day to day. If you do have a TMJ disorder, you may experience some jaw pain and you may have an inability to open and close your mouth completely. The team at Pacific Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Center are here to help you and our oral surgeon, Dr. Brandon Kang, has extensive experience in diagnosing and treating TMJ issues and disorder. He is able to provide you with a thorough exam and personalized care plan.
If you have never heard of TMJ, the joint itself is located near the bottom of the ear at the base of the jaw and it connects the lower portion of your jaw to your skull. It is a sliding and hinged joint that allows your mouth to move in a side to side motion and an up and down motion. This is a versatile joint as it helps you perform daily tasks such as speaking, chewing, and breathing.
If you think that you may have an issue with this joint or you are experiencing pain, call Pacific Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Center today to schedule a consultation in our Oakland or San Francisco office.
Symptoms of TMJ Disorders
Since your joint is located in a unique position, it does make it extremely versatile and functional, but it is susceptible to many different disorders. It is not always as easy to pinpoint the exact cause of the disorder, but they do occur for a number of reasons, which include:
- Displacement of the joint’s discs
- Head, neck, or jaw injuries
- Teeth clenching or grinding
The above symptoms are often a sign that you may have TMJ, but you may also experience some additional symptoms to include:
- Sore or stiff jaw muscles
- Tooth sensitivity
- Teeth clenching or grinding
- Popping or clicking sounds that come from the jaw when your mouth opens
- Inability to open the mouth all the way
- Ringing in the wears, hearing loss, and ear pain
- Jaw locking up when trying to open and close the mouth
- Constant headaches and dizziness
Oral surgeons, such as our very own Dr. Brandon Kang, have undergone specialized training and education to treat all TMJ disorders and restore their facial and oral function. If you are suffering from or think you may have a TMJ disorder, it is important that you speak with a trained and licensed expert to receive the personalized treatment you need. Treatment can greatly reduce the symptoms and side effects of your condition.
TMJ Treatment in Our Oakland or San Francisco Office
Dr. Brandon Kang is specially trained to handle all TMJ disorders here in our office. They can be handled wither surgically or non-surgically and the type of treatment that you receive will depend on your specific needs. The best way for our team to determine the type of treatment you need is to have you come in for a consultation. You can choose from our Oakland or San Francisco office locations.
Our oral surgeon will take x-rays or 3D images of your face, mouth, and jaw to identify any problems that do exist. The advanced imaging allows our team to accurately see any hidden conditions and provide you with a detailed plan for treatment.
Schedule an Appointment Today
The team at Pacific Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Center is dedicated to working with you to create a comprehensive treatment plan that will detect and treat any issues that may arise from TMJ. If you do have any of the above symptoms, it is important that you do call our office to schedule a complete consultation with Dr. Brandon Kang. Call now to book an appointment in our Oakland, CA office or our San Francisco, CA office.
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Bay Area Oral Surgeon, Dr. Brandon Kang, manages a wide variety of problems relating to the mouth, teeth, and facial regions. For more information about the oral and maxillofacial surgery services we provide, or to schedule a consultation,
contact us at 510-227-8099
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