Find relief from TMJ disorders near Daly City

Relief from TMJ Daly City - Soothe yourself with an excellent TMJ treatment given by Dr. Arellano in Daly City. Visit his office for more information.

TMJ disorders are a set of complex conditions that are the result of issues affecting the jaws, jaw joints, and the surrounding muscles. Studies have found that nearly 75 percent of adults in America suffer from one or more symptoms related to temporomandibular joint disorder.

In the past

It was originally thought that the condition was caused by misaligned teeth or a poorly positioned jaw, and the common treatment was tooth restoration and orthodontic treatment. However, studies found that malocclusion was rarely the cause of facial pain and other TMJ disorder symptoms.

New knowledge

Today, temporomandibular joint disorders are thought to be multifactorial, with cognitive, emotional, social, environmental, behavioral, and biologic factors influencing the development of the symptoms associated with the condition.

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research scientists state that in treating TMJ disorders, often, less is best. Many people have symptoms come and go on their own. It is estimated that only five to ten percent of those demonstrating symptoms actually require treatment.

Mechanical causes

Some of the recognized physical causes of the condition include, but are not limited to:

  • Excessive tightness or laxity of the joints
  • Developmental or congenital abnormalities
  • Joint degeneration due to arthritis or inflammation
  • Disc displacement
  • Traumatic injury
  • Infection
  • Tumors
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Myofascial pain disorder

A neuromuscular problem affecting the muscles used when chewing is considered the most common TMJ disorder. Myofascial pain disorder is characterized by an aching, dull pain that is centered in or around the ears, and it can radiate down the neck or to the back or side of the head.

Some of the common signs of this disorder include popping or clicking noises when moving the jaw, tender muscles in the jaw, or problems opening and closing the mouth. Simple movements such as yawning, talking, or chewing can worsen symptoms. Habits such as chewing gum, biting fingernails, tooth grinding, and clenching the jaw can aggravate the condition.

An accurate diagnosis is crucial to finding relief

Dr. Leo Arellano uses patient history, physical evaluation, diagnostic imaging, and an in-depth discussion to determine the cause of the condition in order to plan effective treatment. Changes in diet and habits, warm compresses, and an oral appliance, among other actions may be included in the treatment plan. Call 415-881-4343 to schedule an appointment today.

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I've been going to Dr. Arellano for about 20 years and I continue because of the excellent care and treatment I get with him and his whole office team. He is both professional and personable.
Recently I had a newer technique of gum surgery/grafting at his office called, "Pinhole Surgical Technique of gum grafting." I personally found this to be much easier to handle than the other style of gum grafting that I received years ago for the other side of my mouth. That worked, it was where part of my roof of my mouth was cut and surgically sewn onto the gum. However, I much prefer the pinhole technique. It was actually the easiest dental work I've had (beyond regular cleaning.) It didn't take too long and it didn't feel uncomfortable getting it done. I was swollen, but I think that happens regardless of what kind of gum grafting is done. I needed ibuprofin for a few days, no major pain. It healed well and just felt easy. I am not a fan of having any work done in my mouth because that's me, but this was the easiest work I've ever had done.
So, if you are debating which kind of surgery to do I personally would recommend the pinhole surgery.

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We've gone to Dr Arellano for many years and have never been disappointed with any of the work he's done. Recently my husband broke a tooth and Leo got him in and had the tooth repaired within a few short hours. Service like that is very hard to finds these days. His office staff is fantastic. Nice people you are always glad to see. I would highly recommend Dr Arellano to anyone who is searching for an honest, competent, well trained dentist.

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I recently had a dental implant procedure performed by Dr. Arellano.
I could not be more pleased with the results. From the initial consultation to insertion of the implants, Dr. Arellano made this entire procedure understandable, easy, & pain-free !!
Highly recommend this professional dentist.

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