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.
"Nothing but positive. I have a great smile!!"- M.W. / Healthgrades / Oct 02, 2019
"I came in as a very last minute and excruciating painful emergency due to a tooth infection. The doctor took me in immediately same day and did an amazing job at making me feel a million times better. THe entire office staff is amazing, this is a wonderful office for all your dentist needs."- J.G. / Healthgrades / Oct 02, 2019
"Is it an exaggeration to say a visit to the dentist was a pleasure? Not with this dentist! The staff's disposition is matched only by their competence. I HIGHLY recommend Dr. Fredericks and company! Truly!"- B.D. / Healthgrades / Oct 01, 2019
"I had a couple chips in my front teeth, called the office and they were able to get me in the same day. Dr. Fredericks fixed my teeth and they look better than ever."- S.S. / Healthgrades / Oct 01, 2019
"I saw Dr. Fredericks for the first time last week as a second opinion. The dentist I previously saw told me that I absolutely needed to have implants put in and quoted my dental work to cost about $12,000. Dr. Fredericks did her own assessment and concluded that I did not need to have implants; that implants in my case would be elective. I appreciated her honesty as she could have also tried to overdiagnose me and she did not. I have found a new dentist and I feel so confident in her work and diagnoses due to education and honesty."- J.M. / Healthgrades / Sep 29, 2019
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.