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TMJ – Neuromuscular Dentistry for Scripps Ranch

Are you tired of enduring unbearable headaches?
Do you suffer from chronic fatigue?      
Does your jaw click or pop when you chew?                

These symptoms are not normal. Nor are they a sign of aging or natural "wear and tear."  They are commonly associated with the disorder, (TMD, temporomandibular disorder) of the temporomandibular joint.  Neuromuscular dentistry focuses on the treatment of TMJ disorders. The Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) can cause discomfort, including one or more of the following:

jaw pain/clicking, inability or limited movement when opening the mouth, migraine headaches, ringing/stuffy feeling in the ears, dizziness and/or vertigo, pain in the lower neck area radiating at times to the back and even the lower back, sleep disorders

Advances in TMJ therapy have made it possible to treat Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMD) with conservative and effective therapies.

Let me also make patients aware, TMD is often undiagnosed because there is not a specialist for TMD, example; an Endodontist is a specialist for root canals, a periodontist is a specialist for the gums, or an Orthodontist for braces. Often, several doctors would see patients for TMD; ENT for the ear symptoms, dentist for the jaw, general physical for the neck and body aches/fatigue, and often a Neurologist for headaches/migraines.  All giving different treatment plans often not combined, resulting in some symptoms improving, often symptoms get worse, or symptoms not improving at all.  Usually by the time Dr. Friedman sees patients for TMD they have spent thousands of dollars, seen several different doctors, been given several different options, and often put on medication resulting in frustration, confusion, and pure disgust.  Always be careful when seeing a doctor for TMD, and making decisions on treatment, and dollars invested.  

Dr. Friedman had a family member several years ago with all the above symptoms eventually hindering her daily activities and zest for life.  For this reason, San Diego dentist Dr. Friedman has attended several years of educational courses focused on TMD, keeping himself abreast with the quickly advancing field of neuromuscular dentistry.  Dr. Friedman utilizes his extensive training in TMD and Orthodontics to present a detailed and comprehensive plan of action for pain and the symptoms often associated with the disorder.  The treatment of TMJs can provide physical relief of pain as well as cosmetic enhancements to jaw alignments, most noticeable in a patient’s side profile and chin placement, often referred to as "full mouth reconstruction".  After just three months of treatment, most patients experience relief from headaches and TMJ-related pain.

Actual Patient of Dr. Friedman...Testimonial

This review is lengthy, but worth the read. I want people to know the life altering work of Dr. Friedman not only on teeth, but on jaw disorders as well.

April 2003 I was in a pedestrian vs vehicle accident. I, the pedestrian, took out the windshield with the left back part of my head. Ever since then I struggled with severe jaw, face, head and ear pain known as TMD (Temporomandibular Disorder). At times it affected my ability to speak, eat and function. I watched my mom go thru two horrendous jaw surgeries and refused to do the same. I came to the decision that I would just live in pain for the rest of my life. It was until I was referred to Dr. Friedman that I realized there are other options besides face peeling, jaw breaking surgery. At age 33 Dr. Friedman diagnosed me with an arthritic left jaw joint and possible old undiagnosed injury to the jaw on top of the TMD.

It was decided that treatment would be splint therapy. He was able to lift my jaw off away from bone on bone creating a space where over time tissue would grow and cushion the joint. Within a month I was already relieved of so much pain. As time passed I noticed my jaw structure looking more symmetrical and normal. I can now eat, smile and live with no pain. Words cannot even begin to express how Dr. Friedman has changed my life.

The office holds high standards of cleanliness, is well organized, personable, and runs like a well-oiled machine. Dr. Friedman's wife, Jessica, is amazing! She explains procedures in my terms so I can fully understand both medical and financial ends before anything is done. His life altering work coupled with the above and beyond customer service of the staff makes MOD Squad the total package. You guys are outstanding and deserve endless stars!! ---Cara Duke

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Visit our San Diego dental office today for your consultation or new-patient exam with Dr. Friedman. Our office offers state-of-the-art general and cosmetic dentistry in a fun and professional atmosphere. Conveniently located in Scripps Ranch, we serve residents of San Diego, Poway, Rancho Bernardo, and surrounding areas.