The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the hinge in your jaw that allows your mouth to open and close. Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) is a degenerative condition that affects the TMJ. More than ten million people in the United States suffer from TMD, according to the Academy of General Dentistry. The condition generally affects adults between the ages of 20 – 40 years and typically affects women more than men. Board-certified dentist Dr. Susan Fredericks and her team at Southern Cal Smiles help TMD patients overcome their pain. Dr. Fredericks uses a variety of advanced techniques and technologies to treat TMD, plus other neuromuscular and dental disorders. If you suffer from a disorder affecting your TMJ, Dr. Fredericks can help. She has nearly 35 years of dentistry experience, including neuromuscular dentistry expertise to assist you in finding a solution to alleviate your TMD pain.
One possible treatment option for TMD involves neuromuscular dentistry, a branch of dentistry that is founded on the belief that a healthy smile begins with healthy function. With neuromuscular dental treatment, Dr. Fredericks determines the optimal physiological position of the jaw by measuring the relaxed position of head and neck muscles. She then recommends therapies that work to realign the jaw, such as wearing a comfortable fixed or removable orthotic mouth piece, a restorative dental treatment, or a combination of treatment options. By realigning the jaw, the debilitating effects of TMD are often alleviated.
"My visit was thorough and the hygienist was very gentle. The personalized service I received from Dr. Fredericks is top notch. The office staff is very professional and was considerate enough to get both my children an appointment at the same time as to not be an inconvenience."- H.B. / Google / Jan 22, 2018
"My new teeth are the best !"- M.J. / Google / Jan 15, 2018
"After waiting over 6 years to go back to a dentist, I was nervous going in. My past experiences had been dreadful to the point that I figured it would inescapably be that way no matter where I went. But (thanks to Susan and her staff) it didn't take me long to realize that I was mistaken. Everyone here is kind and considerate - even the other patients I've met so far. Their work is great and pretty quick, too. They even go out of their way to make sure all insurance and payment information is straight-forward (not to mention they helped me find a good oral surgeon who takes my insurance for wisdom teeth removal). All in all, you can't go wrong here. I plan to remain a patient here for as long as I live anywhere in the general area.Thanks for everything, Susan!"- C.D. / Yelp / Dec 18, 2017
"Dr. Fredericks is great! I came in with a chipped tooth and she was able to perfectly match the color - it looks even better than before it was chipped! My regular dentist was very impressed with her work!"- A.A. / Google / Dec 03, 2017
"Dr. Susan Fredericks and her team are wonderful. I've been going there for a couple years now and I've never had any issues. They are very knowledgeable, great with scheduling, and try their best to keep prices fair. Highly recommend!Susan is dedicated to her passion and community. She volunteers at MEND clinic and helps teach dentistry all while running her practice. Super woman! Highly recommend!"- M.M. / Google / Dec 03, 2017
What to Expect
Upon a diagnosis of TMD, Dr. Fredericks will discuss several treatment strategies to try before recommending an invasive, surgical procedure. These treatments may include:
- Restorative dental work to align the bite
- Oral appliance therapy (such as a retainer or the use of a night guard while sleeping)
- Orthodontic treatment
Dr. Fredericks may recommend things you can do to help with the discomfort besides just using medication for muscle spasms, inflammation, anxiety, and pain. It is important to exercise your jaw and rest it when needed. Be mindful of stress so that you are not grinding or clenching your teeth. Avoid chewy foods and eat a soft diet to prevent unnecessary inflammation. Use heat and ice when needed to help with the pain. Also, having good posture also plays a role in your neck and jaw alignment.
The cost of the TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder examination and diagnostic imaging services will be dependent on the patient and the specific symptoms exhibited. During your consultation with Dr. Fredericks, the fees will be discussed with you. Our office will work with your health and/or dental insurance company to determine your coverage and out-of-pocket costs. Southern Cal Smiles can also help you pay for your TMD treatment with our many payment options and medical financing.
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Help Yourself & Relieve TMD
Experienced dentist Dr. Susan Fredericks can help relieve your TMD pain with pain management strategies such as neuromuscular dentistry, oral appliances (night guards), and more. Whatever reason for your pain, Southern Cal Smiles will help you treat this painful condition of the jaw. Schedule your appointment for a TMD consultation at our office in Woodland Hills, CA at your earliest convenience.