TMJ Treatment Specialist

Robert Sarkissian, DDS, MAGD

General & Cosmetic Dentist & Orthodontist located in Los Angeles, Palmdale, CA

At Westside Dental Care, Dr. Robert Sarkissian leads a team of dental professionals dedicated to providing highly customized dental services to patients throughout the greater Los Angeles area. When it comes to TMJ, patients have access to cutting-edge technology and skilled practitioners who can address this often painful condition.

TMJ Treatment Q&A

What exactly is TMJ?

The human jaw functions by way of a joint that connects the jaw to the skull’s temporal bones. This joint, known as the temporomandibular joint, is what allows the jaw to move in both an up-and-down and side-to-side motion. When the joint is functioning properly, functions such as speech and chewing are supported. When there is a disorder of the temporomandibular joint, then the condition is known as TMJ, or sometimes TMD. Researchers are uncertain of the exact cause of TMJ, but it appears that arthritis in the joint can be a contributing factor. In addition, habits such as clenching of the jaw or grinding the teeth during sleep can lead to joint problems. In some cases, physical deformities or dental issues can lead to misalignment of the temporomandibular joint.

What is TENS therapy and how can it help treat TMJ?

TENS therapy is the the term used to refer to transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation. This approach uses carefully controlled low-level electrical waves to relax the muscles in the jaw and nearby facial structures. That can allow the patient’s jaw to move back into a more normal alignment, and can reduce the discomfort of TMJ. It is important to note that there are a number of TENS devices for sale online, but that not all of these machines are created equally. In addition, patients should never use electrical stimulation unless under a professional care.

What are trigger point injections and are they an effective treatment option?

Trigger points are small clusters, or knots of muscle that are created when the muscle tissue cannot relax. These knots can be located throughout the body, and can be incredibly painful. A trigger point injection is usually comprised of a solution of an anesthetic and a steroid. The medication is injected directly into the trigger point which can reduce pain almost immediately. For some patients suffering from TMJ, trigger point injections can be a powerful part of an overall treatment plan.

Insurance & Cost Information:

The dental health of our patients is our primary goal and we provide several financial options to make dental treatment affordable for our patients so that goal can be met. We accept most dental insurance plans. If you have dental insurance, please bring your plan information with you or have the policy number ready so we can look up your coverage. We will work with you and your dental insurance company to maximize your dental benefits with your existing type of coverage. Remember dental insurances are intended to cover part, but not all the cost of your dental care. Also, most insurance plans include patient co-payments, deductibles, and other expenses and treatments that may not be covered. If you have any further questions about financial options please direct them to the front office which will be glad to answer them and work with you to figure out the most affordable way to budget your treatment.

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