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TMJ Therapy – Scripps Ranch, CA

Providing You With Much-Needed Relief

TMJ is an acronym that is commonly used to reference the temporomandibular joints, which are the joints that connect your jawbone to the rest of your skull. Patients who have a misaligned bite or anatomical defects often place an increased amount of stress on these joints, resulting in chronic pain and discomfort. Dr. Friedman and his team at MOD Squad Dental are able to diagnose and treat this condition, providing you with lasting relief. To learn more or to schedule a consultation, don’t hesitate to contact our office

Symptoms of TMJ Disorder

computer illustration of TMJ dysfunction

Many cases of TMD go undiagnosed because patients are often unsure of who to visit in order to address the issue and aren’t aware of the common signs. If you notice any of the following symptoms, we may be able to offer you relief:

  • Jaw tenderness and pain.
  • Lockjaw that occurs when you open your mouth.
  • Earaches that radiate from the TMJ.
  • Pain in the jaw joints.
  • Difficulty chewing food.
  • General facial discomfort.
  • Clicking or popping when you move your jaw, accompanied with pain.

Diagnosing & Treating TMJ Disorder

person laying down and experiencing severe jaw pain

At MOD Squad Dental, we can examine your facial and oral structure to determine the root cause of your jaw dysfunction. Some common possible reasons why our TMJ patients experience chronic discomfort include:

  • Arthritis
  • Trauma
  • Dislocation
  • Bite misalignment
  • Teeth grinding

Once we’re able to determine the cause, we can then develop a treatment plan. For patients with bite misalignment, we may suggest Invisalign orthodontic treatment. We also offer oral appliances that help shift your jaw into alignment and ease your pain and occlusal adjustments. The best way to learn how these treatments can help you is to schedule a consultation today.

Tips to Ease Your Discomfort At Home

dentist examining an X-ray of the a patient’s facial structure

In addition to seeking out treatment, you can help reduce the strain on your jaw joints by following some of these easy, at-home tips:

  • Switch to a softer diet.
  • Avoid chewing gum and biting your nails.
  • Practice stretching and massaging your jaw joints.
  • Apply a warm or cool compress to the affected area to reduce pain.
  • Protect your jawbone and facial muscles from grinding and clenching.

Our team will be more than happy to provide you with some additional tricks to help tackle the discomfort associated with TMD.

Understanding the Cost of TMJ Treatment

person holding their jaw in pain

After our examination, we’ll be able to determine which TMJ therapy options will best suit your needs. From there, we can develop a customized treatment plan and discuss the cost with you. Our team is more than happy to file dental insurance claims for patients, and we also offer additional financing through CareCredit as well for your convenience.

Patient Testimonial From Cara Duke (TMJ Therapy Patient)

“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!!”