TMJ-TMD

Dentist in San Francisco, CA offers dental treatment for patients with TMJ/TMD

At the practice of Dr. Leo Arellano, patients in the area of San Francisco, CA and the surrounding communities can seek treatment for a variety of dental situations, including the treatment of TMJ/TMD.

At the practice of Dr. Leo Arellano, patients in the area of San Francisco, CA and the surrounding communities can seek treatment for a variety of dental situations, including the treatment of TMJ/TMD. These conditions can greatly affect one’s quality of life and can cause a variety of issues that can only be addressed with proper treatment. What is TMJ/TMD? Dr. Leo Arellano describes TMJ/TMD as a malfunction of the jaw joint and its associated structures. TMJ is the temporomandibular joint. This is the joint that hinges the jaw, so it can open and close. When it becomes extremely problematic, … Continue reading

What is TMJ disorder and how can a dental practice in San Francisco, CA help with treatment?

TMJ disorder

At the practice of Dr. Leo Arellano, patients have access to many dental solutions to improve the health, beauty, and functionality of their smiles. San Francisco, CA families can work with him to determine if there are certain conditions at play that are damaging the natural teeth. A common concern is TMJ/TMD. Our team provides not only diagnosis of the condition but an effective treatment option. TMJ/TMD explained TMJ stands for “temporomandibular joint.” TMD stands for “temporomandibular disorder.” The two terms are often used interchangeably, but this should not be the case. TMJ is referring to the joint itself and … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

Daly City dentist explains the symptoms and treatments for TMD

TMD can be caused by an injury such as trauma to the face, or it can be caused from habits or health issues such as stress, clenching or grinding the teeth

Many patients in Daly City have noticed some soreness or a popping sound in their jaws. This can be especially noticeable after eating something that is difficult to chew or opening the mouth very wide. Sometimes the discomfort is mild, goes away quickly, and is not cause for alarm. Other times, however, the pain can be severe, last for many days, or begin to affect other areas of the head, face, or neck. Understanding why they are feeling this pain is the first step to feeling better. The lower jaw is attached to the head by temporomandibular joints – or … Continue reading

Visit a San Francisco dentist for TMJ disorder rather than an oral surgeon

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Temporomandibular joints (TMJ) connect the lower jaw to the skull. TMJ disorders (TMD) cause dysfunction and pain in the temporomandibular joint and the surrounding muscles. It is estimated that more than 10 million people in the United States suffer from this painful condition. Types of temporomandibular joint disorders TMJ disorders and the way people respond to treatments are varied. Generally, researchers agree that they fall in three categories. Myofascial pain syndrome (MPS) involves pain or discomfort in the muscles that control the function of the jaw Derangement involves injury to the condyle, a dislocated jaw, or a displaced disc Arthritis … Continue reading




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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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