TMJ refers to the Temporomandibular joints which are located in front of both ears on the head. The TMJ controls the movement of your jaw and is in use whenever you speak or chew.
This area is frequently affected by TMJD, or Temporomandibular Joint Disorders, which causes recurring pain, discomfort, or irritating sensations. These problems can be detrimental to the performance of daily activities such as chewing or moving the mouth. They may also result in swelling, weakening tissue, clicking sounds, jaw pain, headaches, teeth misalignment, shoulder pain, or impaired tissue.
At Tarzana Dental Care, a TMJ exam is provided to patients to assist in the evaluation of the tissue in the jawbone. This exam will diagnose any symptoms related to TMJ discomfort and determine the best possible treatments.
Complex cases of TMJD will require more in-depth treatments, a mouth guard can be provided to alleviate pain during teeth and jaw movement. A mouth guard can also be used to reduce irritation and the forces that cause discomfort related to jaw movement, the mouth guard can also help with repositioning the TMJ.
The TMJ NextGeneration Device is provided to treat TMJD through the ear. These are two custom components that are fitted into the ear canals. Their hollow properties prevent any disruptions to hearing ability. They are comfortably applied and removed by the patient because they have small retraction posts. Patients can wear them with convenience because they are unnoticeable from the outside. The device allows for pain relief and is compatible with regular activities such as eating.
Night Guard | Mouth Guard
Our mouth guards are fabricated in our in-house lab and can be made in one day with several different high quality materials. Our mouth guards can be made in the standard clear or custom colored.
A nightguard or mouthguard is a removable protective device for the mouth that covers the teeth to prevent and reduce injury to the teeth and Temporomandibular joint.
Snore & Sleep Apnea Device
Oral appliances for snoring and sleep apnea are available and can prescribe to our patients. Mandibular advancement appliances help reduce or eliminate snoring by moving the lower jaw forward, opening the airway to allow air to flow more freely and preventing the tongue from falling back into the throat and obstructing the airway. These devices are removable and adjustable to find the right balance between comfort and function.