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1) What is TMJ?
TMJ stands for 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. Therefore, people without these symptoms do not have TMJ problems although the joint itself still exists.
2) 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.
3) 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.
4) 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 qualifications of the dentist to treat TMJ affecting the whole body. You should find a dentist who’s right for you or one that has taken courses related to TMJ. This can be 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.
5) 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.
6) 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 at 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.
7) Will my insurance cover treatment?
This depends on the level that the TMJ is detrimental to your health as well as your insurance policies. We can help answer any questions you have in regards to whether your insurance covers the treatment. Give us a call at (310) 475-5598 if you have any questions.