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What is TMJ and how does it affect you?

TMJ-TMD San Francisco - Dr. Arellano in San Francisco can help you find solutions for your TMJ issues.

TMJ, or Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD), affects over ten million individuals. This disorder is highly misunderstood, and researchers are still trying to determine the cause and effective treatments for those who suffer from TMD.

Your temporomandibular joints (TMJ’s) are located on either side of your jaw. What happens most of the time in those who suffer from TMD is that they feel pain when opening or closing their mouths. Sometimes it is associated with a popping, clicking, or grating sound in the TMJ’s. This happens because of an abnormal alignment of the upper and lower jaws or an abnormal function or structural breakdown of the TMJ’s.

Unfortunately, the pain of TMJ Disorder does not just come from the side jaw bones alone. TMJ sufferers most often have pain around their jaws, neck, ears, and back.

Signs of TMD are teeth that do not align when the jaw is closed completely (malocclusion), grinding teeth during sleep (bruxism), and excessive pain around the jaw, head, and neck areas that cannot be explained. Arthritis can sometimes make TMD worse and causes pain and tenderness for sufferers of TMJ disorder. Swelling on the face and lock jaw is also a sign that you are experiencing symptoms of TMD as well.

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Treatment options include a simple regimen of pain relievers, a diet of softer foods, and warm compress therapies. However, more long-term solutions are available, such as being fitted with a bite plate or plastic mouth guard from your dentist. There are also injections that you can consider, but these are typically a last resort for most patients.

A simple consultation with a physician or dentist could help you determine if you are experiencing TMJ Disorder, and can help you find a solution that will work best for you and your budget.



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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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