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TMJ/TMD Treatment in Escondido

TMJ/TMD Treatments in Escondido, CA

If you are experiencing unexplained headaches and migraines, “popping” jaw muscles, jaw pain, or difficulties sleeping soundly, you may have a temporomandibular joint disorder, commonly called TMJ or TMD. At Douglas G. Hope, DDS, we specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of TMJ/TMD. We’ll help you understand the root cause of your condition and take the appropriate steps to eliminate jaw pain, discomfort, and dysfunction.  

Causes of TMJ/TMD

TMJ/TMD can be caused by many different things. One of the most common causes is teeth grinding (also called bruxism). Bruxism puts an enormous amount of strain on your jaw muscles, and can lead to the irritation and inflammation of your temporomandibular joint, resulting in TMJ/TMD. Arthritis can also cause the joint to stiffen, which is common in older patients. Impact injuries can also cause TMJ/TMD by “knocking” the joint out of alignment, or directly damaging the ligaments and tendons.

Treatment Options

The treatment for TMJ/TMD depends on the root cause of the issue. TMJ/TMD caused by bruxism, for example, is usually treated with a mouthguard and lifestyle changes to help reduce stress. TMJ/TMD caused by arthritis can be treated with most arthritis medications, and corticosteroids, if the pain is severe. There are some severe cases in which oral surgery is required to relieve pressure and restore the joint, but this is quite rare. Surgery is typically only required for cases of TMJ/TMD that are caused by a serious impact injury, such as a slip and fall or a car accident.

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One of the reasons that TMJ/TMD is so hard to treat is that it can be caused by many different injuries, lifestyle choices, and conditions. Unless you narrow down the cause of your TMJ/TMD, you may not get the right treatment. Dr. Hope is an expert and when you come in for TMJ/TMD treatment, he will discuss every aspect of your symptoms, and help you determine the best treatment plan for you. If you’re near Valley Center, San Marcos, or Rancho Bernardo drop by our office at 511 E 2nd Ave, Escondido, CA 92025 or call us at (760) 480-8883 for an appointment.

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