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San Francisco dentist helps patients find relief from TMJ disorders

Dr. Leo Arellano in San Francisco helps patients find relief from TMJ disorders

TMJ is an often-heard phrase that relates to dysfunction of the jaw. Often, it’s discussed when patients have unexplained jaw pain. Dr. Leo Arellano understands that many of his San Francisco patients suffer from the disorder without understanding the cause or treatments that can provide relief.

What is TMJ disorder?

The TMJ (temporomandibular joint) connects the lower jaw to the skull. Below your ear, you will notice a small indentation. As you open and close your mouth, you will feel the rounded edges of the joint. A smooth transition between opening and closing, along with lack of pain indicates that the joint is healthy and properly aligned. However, if you have pain, hear a clicking noise, or have a jaw that locks into an open or closed position, you could have TMJ disorder.

What causes TMJ disorder?

While the cause of TMJ is not fully known, some habits, such as grinding your teeth or clenching your jaw can make TMJ worse. This can cause the joint to work overtime which can lead to a disc within the joint shifting or wearing down.

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Treatment for TMJ

Many patients think they can stop themselves from clenching or grinding their teeth. However, these actions are often performed subconsciously or while sleeping. While some patients have found that their TMJ gets better after finding other ways to relieve stress, many patients need professional help. Dr. Arellano can provide a small mouth guard to be worn while sleeping, which stops patients from grinding their teeth, protecting the teeth and the joint.

If you have pain or hear clicking when you open your mouth, if it hurts to chew, or if you have frequent headaches, you may have TMJ disorder. Call Dr. Arellano at 415-881-4343 to schedule an appointment for an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment.



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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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