TMJ/TMD procedures as best treatments for Jaw Problems in San Francisco

What Is "TMJ?"

Jaw problems and bite problems that affect the jaw are commonly known as "TMJ." These three letters are taken from the name of the jaw joint called the temporomandibular joint. A more accurate name is "TMD" which stands for temporomandibular joint disorder. It can affect one or more of the jaw joint components including the nerves, muscles, connective tissues, bones, and the teeth that are attached to those bones.

What Are the Symptoms of TMD?

Some of the symptoms may include sore jaw, head, or neck muscles; painful jaw joints or teeth when chewing or biting; jaw joint noises like popping or clicking; teeth clenching and grinding also called bruxism; and headaches. Because you use your jaw joint all the time to eat and speak, TMDs can be just as debilitating as back and knee problems.

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What Causes TMD?

Sometimes the cause is obvious. At other times it is not clear why some people develop TMD and others do not. Some of the more common causes include trauma or injury to the TMJ; degenerative joint disease such as osteoarthritis; excessive function (para-function) that stresses or strains the TMJ system; a bad bite (malocclusion) or an imbalanced bite; and emotional stress.

What Is the Treatment for TMD?

The better we know what caused the problem, the better we can formulate a plan to treat it. Sometimes it resolves on its own, and sometimes even science has not discovered an answer yet. Furthermore, not only are there different schools of thought about what causes chronic TMD, but people do not always respond in the same way even when doing the same treatment. In any case, early diagnosis is important in helping to prevent long-term chronic pain, and the willingness of the patient to work collaboratively with the dentist can result in improvement over time.

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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 !!
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