Your Los Angeles TMJ Experts
We provide TMJ pain relief through our unique and comprehensive approach
What makes our approach not only unique, but more importantly successful and stable, is that we address the problem at the source. By accurately diagnosing and treating the cause of the issue rather than the symptoms, we have been able to achieve permanent solutions for thousands of people.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is TMJ?
“TMJ” stands for Temporomandibular Joint, which is a fancy way of referring to two joints, on each side of your head. They connect your jaw to the bones in your skull right in front of your ears.
The jaw joints are the busiest ones in your body. They work all day opening and closing your mouth as you eat, speak, sing, yawn, etc. If you grind your teeth, they also work nights. The first step in fast and effective treatment and pain relief at the Orthospaceship is to evaluate the position and health of your jaw joints.
Your jaw joints are delicate and complex. They are the only joints in your body that rotate and slide, while held together by your lower jaw.
Why does my jaw joint hurt?
Sometimes an uneven bite, injuries, missing or worn teeth, crowding and other conditions upset the way the jaw and the chewing muscles work together. This may cause headaches, face, jaw, neck and shoulder pain and other problems with your joints.
Dr. Hakim will comprehensively evaluate you for abnormalities and discrepancies in your bite by accurately diagnosing the cause of your pain.
What are other signs of TMJ disorder?
Other common TMJ symptoms are:
- Feeling that your bite is “off”
- Grinding or clenching
- Worn down or cracked teeth
- Receding gums
- Twitching, tired muscles
- Trouble chewing
- Clicking, popping or grating sounds in the jaw joints
- Sore teeth
- Earaches, hearing problems and ringing in the ears