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What are treatment options for TMJ / TMD?

TMJ-TMD in San Francisco - Dr. Arellano in San Francisco, has experience in creating oral appliances for situations such as TMJ.

TMJ, or temporomandibular joint syndrome, is a medical condition that involves the alignment (or misalignment, rather) of an individual’s joint in their jawbone. This can cause clicking and popping sounds when an individual chews or talks, and can cause a variety of problems such as pain from the neck up, headaches, ear pain, and dizziness. Sometimes it can be caused by excessive teeth grinding which can cause pain from the tension and cause wear to teeth thereby affecting an individual’s smile.

While there are other more holistic ways to deal with the symptoms of TMJ, as well as surgical options when all else fails, bite plates and mouth guards are typically recommended as a first attempt at treating someone that is experiencing TMJ symptoms. It is the first line of treatment that is conservative, affordable, and highly successful for many individuals dealing with this syndrome.

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Dr. Arellano in San Francisco, California has experience in creating oral appliances for situations such as TMJ, sleep apnea, and other dental concerns. If you have been diagnosed with TMJ and are looking to have an oral appliance made for yourself, call Dr. Arellano to schedule a consultation appointment and find relief from your TMJ symptoms 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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