TMJ Specialist

Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction Treatment

Offering the latest technology with over 30 years of experience to treat TMJ Disorders. As one of the best GNM (Gnathology & Neuromuscular) dentists in the world, Dr. Sid Solomon accurately diagnoses TMJ and treats it in many ways, including Orthotics, Botox, and Invisalign.

What is TMJ?

TTMJ, or the temporomandibular joint, is primarily used for chewing and speaking, and its associated muscles allow the jaw to open, close, protrude, retract and deviate laterally. When most people refer to TMJ, they are actually referring to a common TMJ Disorder that causes jaw pain.

TMJ Disorder (or TMD)

TMJ disorder mainly occurs in the temporomandibular (TMJ) joint, or more commonly known as the jaw. TMJ disorder restricts the muscles in the jaw that permit mobility. TMJ  disorder usually requires a treatment that will reposition and retrain the jaw joint into an optimal bite position. Sometimes, TMJ disorder can develop into problematic, prolonged conditions, especially without proper comprehensive TMJ treatment in Los Angeles. If you’re experiencing jaw pain, jaw-locking, jaw cracking or popping, headaches, or other problems with the jaw, you can make an appointment with TMJ Doctor LA Sid Solomon, so you can live pain free…
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What Exactly Are TMJ Disorders?

TMJ disorders at the core are essentially just improper jaw postural problems. Because each cause of TMJ produces similar symptoms, it’s important to get an initial diagnosis and examination to pinpoint the exact problem. From there, TMJ Specialist Dr. Solomon can begin with effective TMJ treatment in Los Angeles for patients.

Causes of TMJ fall into three main categories:

  • Teeth grinding and clenching (Bruxism)
  • Arthritis
  • Injury and Accidents

TMJ Symptoms

Patients with TMJ Disorder can experience symptoms that are mild or severe and include the following:
  • Temporomandibular Joint Pain (TMJ Pain)
  • Jaw Pain (TMJ Pain)
  • Headache or Migraines
  • Ear Pain, Pressure, Ringing, Congestion or even Diminished Hearing
  • Insomnia or Sleep Apnea
  • Vertigo (Dizziness)
  • Jaw Clicking or Popping
  • Stiff Neck
  • Inability to open your mouth wide
  • Jaw sticking in the open or closed position
  • Pain in the muscles of the face, neck, back, shoulders, arms and more.
  • Feeling tired in the face
  • Tingling of the fingertips
  • Upper and lower teeth not fitting together correctly
  • Swelling in the face
  • Forward head posture
  • Restless leg syndrome

*TMJ can occur in both sides of the face or just one

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TMJ Treatment

The first step is to conduct a comprehensive TMJ examination and GNM evaluation.  This is a very thorough examination that can take up to 2 hours.  It starts by taking a CBCT SCAN of the jaw joint and continues with several other diagnostic imaging tools such as Tscan Bite Analysis, when needed.  The visit includes all necessary imaging to be read by Dr. Solomon in order to render an accurate diagnosis and the most viable treatment plan option that will result in successful treatment.
During this initial visit, Dr. Solomon will go over all of the patient’s symptoms, thoroughly discuss diagnostic imaging results, connect the dots of the pain puzzle and come up with a solid plan of action.  Dr. Solomon will present the treatment plan of choice if the patient is a good candidate for treatment.

When it comes to successful treatment, our primary objective is to correct the bite and realign the jaw. First, we determine the optimal position of the jaw by measuring the relaxed position of the head and neck muscles. Then, we reposition the jaw to achieve those exact measurements. Treatment options include adjusting the bite, orthotics, orthodontics or full-mouth reconstruction, to restore the teeth to their correct positions.

For milder forms of TMJ that are not chronic or severe, your provider may recommend a variety of different treatment options, including Botox Injections, Invisalign, and even exercises to help reduce your pain.

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TMJ Diagnosis and Treatment Overview

Step 1: Review The Patient’s Symptoms

Step 2: Physical Examination of Affected Areas

Step 3: Comprehensive TMJ Examination and GNM Evaluation (2 Hours)

    • CBCT SCAN of the jaw joint
    • Tscan Bite Analysis & Other Diagnostic Imaging Tools
Step 4: Discuss Examination & Imaging Findings With Patient

Step 5: Diagnosis of the Root Cause of TMJ Pain (Connecting the Dots)

Step 6: Prescribe the Most Viable Treatment Plan

    • Adjusting the Bite
    • Orthotics
    • Orthodontics
    • Full Mouth Reconstruction
    • Temporary Relief with Botox Injections
    • Others
Step 7: Comprehensive Treatment Includes
    • Determining the Optimal Position of the Jaw
    • Correcting the Bite and Realign the Jaw

TMJ Pain Causes

Causes of TMJ fall into three main categories:
  • Teeth grinding and clenching (Bruxism)
  • Arthritis
  • Injury and Accidents

These causes may occur by themselves, or they may be the result of another cause. For this reason, if you experience any symptoms of TMJ, we encourage you to come into our office for an examination. This way, you can know exactly where the root of the problem lies, and immediately see significant alleviating changes.

Specific Causes:

  • Trauma
  • Excessive physical stress
  • Arthritis of the TMJ
  • Whiplash injury
  • Postural abnormality
  • Ligamentous laxity
  • Psychosocial distress (stress)
  • Congenital Jaw abnormalities
  • Medications
  • Bruxism
  • Muscles
  • Neurologic
  • Vascular
  • Otic
  • Occlusion

TMJ Doctor & TMJ Dentistry

Finding someone specialized in neuromuscular dentistry is one option, but finding someone who’s also specialized in gnathological neuromuscular (GNM) dentistry increases the limits of the qualifications of the dentist to that of TMJ affecting the whole body. Try to find a dentist who’s right for you, or one that has taken courses related to TMJ. This can be identified by dentists who have gone through the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies or Occlusion Connections. Dentists with these qualifications have the right to use the organization’s logos.

Gnathological Neuromuscular Dentistry (GNM)

The science of GNM comes from 50 years of NM Dentistry and has completely transformed the treatment of jaw misalignment.  GNM revolves around a more advanced insight into the masticatory apparatus, which is the network using teeth to break down food. GNM dentistry combines the basics of NM dentistry with a more advanced undertone, highlighting the interconnected nerves between the whole body.

GNM treatment is used for problems like shoulder tension, restricted mouth motion, joint-unhinging, vertigo and many others. GNM treatment involves looking at the whole picture for musculoskeletal problems, such as the muscle groups in the back of the neck as well as the front. Dr. Solomon has studied GNM, under strict and personal mentorship at Occlusion Connections. He is part of a very elite and rare group of dentists that truly understand and employ GNM to treat even the most complex TMJ cases.

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Finding the Best TMJ Specialist Near You

The science of GNM comes from 50 years of NM Dentistry and has completely transformed the treatment of jaw misalignment.  GNM revolves around a more advanced insight into the masticatory apparatus, which is the network using teeth to break down food. GNM dentistry combines the basics of NM dentistry with a more advanced undertone, highlighting the interconnected nerves between the whole body.

GNM treatment is used for problems like shoulder tension, restricted mouth motion, joint-unhinging, vertigo and many others. GNM treatment involves looking at the whole picture for musculoskeletal problems, such as the muscle groups in the back of the neck as well as the front. Dr. Solomon has studied GNM, under strict and personal mentorship at Occlusion Connections. He is part of a very elite and rare group of dentists that truly understand and employ GNM to treat even the most complex TMJ cases.

Why Dr. Sid Solomon for Treating Your TMJ Disorder

Dr. Sid Solomon has over 35 years of experience treating TMJ and currently uses the latest technology. With numerous patient testimonials, personalized teachings to impressive dental universities across the world, and invites to top medical shows, such as The Doctors, he is a world-renowned TMJ Specialist, located in Los Angeles. Serving Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Thousand Oaks, Sherman Oaks, Westlake Village and the surrounding areas.

Dr. Solomon is referred to as the TMG Guru because he is himself a patient who dealt with chronic pain issues related to the TMJ for many years.  He has benefited greatly by being both a patient and a healer, because he knows what to look for and has empathy for the patients that visit him for TMJ care.  He tries any and all methods of treatment on himself before suggesting them to patients. If you are tired of suffering, Dr. Solomon can help you.

To learn more about TMJ Specialist Los Angeles, CA, please call CCIND | Dr. Sid Solomon DDS | Cosmetic Dentist | TMJ Expert | Los Angeles at 310-475-5598! Our dentist, Dr. Sid Solomon, can give you more information.

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TMJ Frequently Asked Questions

What is TMJ?

TMJ stands for the Temporomandibular Joint. This is the joint responsible for linking the bottom portion of the jaw to the head. TMJ is also a term used to label problems with the jaw joint that relate to the symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorder. 

How do I permanently get rid of TMJ?

Treating disorders of the temporomandibular joint require the help and guidance of a qualified TMJ specialist such as Dr. Solomon.  Patients will forever have their temporomandibular joint but with the help of an oral repositioning device, we can train the joint to sit in a better position.  Once this position is enforced with the daily and nighty use of an oral orthosis, the muscle memory will build resistance    

How to treat TMJ?

Neuromuscular Dentistry and Gnathological Neuromuscular Dentistry use surface electromyography (SEMG), computer mandibular scanning (CMS), and sonography via a K7 unit to find the patient’s optimal bite.  The treatment process involves the re-alignment of the jaw through a special orthotic device designed differently for each individual.

Who’s qualified to treat TMJ?

Finding someone specialized in neuromuscular dentistry is one option, but finding someone who’s also specialized in gnathological neuromuscular dentistry increases the limits of the qualifications of the dentist to that of TMJ affecting the whole body. To find a dentist who’s right tor you, or one that has taken courses related to TMJ. This can be identified by dentists who have gone through the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies or Occlusion Connections. Dentists with these qualifications have the right to use the organization’s logos.

What makes a great TMJ doctor?

A great TMJ doctor not only has the proper qualifications, but comes equipped with a robust amount of information regarding TMJ, makes you feel comfortable about the effective procedures, has a long history of dealing with TMJ cases, and also has numerous testimonials and positive reviews from past TMJ patients.

Who is an example of a great TMJ doctor?

With over 30 years of experience, over 100 Yelp Reviews adding up to above a 4-star rating, many patient testimonials, personalized teachings to impressive dental universities like in Dubai, and invites to The Doctors TV show, Dr. Sid Solomon is one of the few doctors who can handle TMJ cases better than anyone.

Can TMJ Cause Headaches?

Approximately 90% of people suffer from headaches within any given year! Headaches can range from mildly uncomfortable to unbearably painful, and can impact your day-to-day functions. Regardless of their intensity, headaches are an inconvenient part of life that we may be able to help you avoid here at Neuromuscular Dentistry.

Does TMJ go away?

Sometimes the TMJ symptoms can go away. However, if the problem persists,  we can provide an accurate diagnosis and a complete procedure involving top-of-the-line technology paired with Dr. Sid’s 30+ years of experience to efficaciously treat any TMJ disorder, Dr. Solomon is also well known as an experienced cosmetic dentist and the best TMJ Dentist LA. If you have any questions or would like to set an appointment, please give us a call at (310) 475-5598. Our patients are calling this the best TMJ treatment Los Angeles has available.

What will happen if TMJ is not treated?

TMJ disorders usually require a simple treatment that permanently fits the jaw in place without any complications. Nevertheless, sometimes, TMJ disorders can develop into problematic, prolonged conditions, especially without proper comprehensive TMJ treatment. If you’re experiencing jaw pain, jaw-locking, or other problems with the jaw, you can make an appointment with TMJ Doctor LA Sid Solomon, so you can live pain free…

Is TMJ a dental or medical issue?

TMJ is potentially one of THE most misdiagnosed and undiagnosed ailments today. Many patients suffer endless days and nights of pain and frustration because no practitioner is able to help them effectively deal with their headaches, facial pain, jaw pain, shoulder pain, ringing in the ears, vertigo, locked jaw and so many more life hindering symptoms. Thanks to advancements in the fields of Neuromuscular Dentistry and more recently Gnathological Neuromuscular Dentistry, highly qualified and specialized doctors such as Dr. Sid Solomon DDS are able to finally solve the pain puzzle, connect the dots of human anatomy and help patients live a pain free life!

What is the best way to get rid of TMJ?

Using the K7 Computer System, designed specifically for the purposes of neuromuscular dentistry, we can create an orthosis, or prosthetic jaw mold. From there, we can determine what actions should be taken to correct your TMJ. Usually this means a jaw splint to be worn at night or during times of inactivity, to slowly ease the jaw back into place, just as braces would for your teeth. In other, more severe cases, surgery may be needed to redo the teeth or mouth completely.

Should I see a doctor or dentist for TMJ?

Only 2% of dentists in the United States understand Neuromuscular Dentistry and effectively treat TMJ/TMJ problems. Of this small amount, there is an even more limited portion (about 1% of dentists) who have the capable expertise of offering GNM treatment. Dr. Sid Solomon is an innovative GNM dentist who has built upon the last three decades of TMJ treatment through his initial findings as an NM dentist and later, his educational experience with GNM.

How can I fix my TMJ without surgery?

One procedure that is necessary for all patients seeking treatment for TMJ and for its related symptoms is the creation of an orthotic or bite splint that with regular use over time will realign the jaw into the proper position.  This mouthpiece is also known as an Orthosis.

How do dentists treat TMJ?

Our objective at the Center for Cosmetic, Implant and Neuromuscular Dentistry is to correct the bite and realign the jaw.  In short, Dr. Sid Solomon DDS first determines the optimal position of the jaw by measuring the relaxed position of the head and neck muscles.  Then, he repositions the jaw to achieve those exact measurements. A few procedures and treatment options include adjusting the bite, orthotics, orthodontics, or full mouth reconstruction to restore the teeth to their correct positions. Dr Sid Solomon DDS will provide you with more information on the treatment options best suited for your unique case.

Who can be treated with GNM?

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research states that over 10 million Americans suffer from malocclusion or misalignment of the bite. Research shows that many severe and mild cases of TMJ can be effectively treated with GNM, however individuals are often misdiagnosed and mistreated so it is important to see a trained specialist.

Do I have TMJ?

TMJ appears in people who face the symptoms associated with the joint disorder. These symptoms include but are not limited to headaches, jaw misalignment, grinding or clenching teeth, jaw pain, difficulty chewing, anxiety, ear pain, ear congestion, limited mouth opening, and more. You may not even be experiencing these symptoms yet and might potentially have it. It is best to catch this form of disease early, so that jaw misalignment doesn’t occur.

What are some short-term treatment plans for TMJ?

Painkillers might work as a temporary form of remedy for dealing with the pain from TMJ, but be advised that there are many side effects associated with most painkillers and that the effects of TMJ won’t simply disappear from the use of painkillers. You can also try wearing a mouth-guard to prevent teeth damage from the gritting of teeth.

Will my insurance cover treatment?

This depends on the level that the TMJ is detrimental to your health as well as your insurance policies. It is best to consult a qualified provider to first diagnose you and also help answer any questions you have in regard to whether your insurance covers the treatment.
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