Answers to TMJ & Jaw Pain Questions

At the Orthospaceship we provide TMJ pain relief through our unique and comprehensive approach.

Los Angeles orthodontists Dr. F. Isaac Hakim and Dr. Chantal Hakim take a different approach to TMJ by addressing the root of the problem rather than just temporarily treating the symptoms.

With TMJ treatment at the OrthoSpaceship, you will leave with a permanent, non-invasive solution that can end your pain and discomfort for good. We go beyond just aligning the teeth and specialize in giving patients a proper bite that aligns the TM joint. Our goal with every patient is TMJ pain relief from temporomandibular joint disorders AND a stunning smile.

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What is TMJ & TMD?

TMJ refers to the temporomandibular joint, which connects your jaw to your skull. TMD, or temporomandibular disorder, is a condition affecting this joint, causing pain and dysfunction. LEARN MORE

What Are the Symptoms of TMJ Disorders?

TMJ disorders often manifest through jaw pain, headaches, and difficulty in opening and closing the mouth. Some people also experience a clicking sound when moving their jaw. LEARN MORE

How is TMJ diagnosed?

TMJ is diagnosed through a comprehensive evaluation that includes a clinical examination, review of your medical history, and imaging tests like X-rays or MRIs.

How can TMJ be treated?

TMJ treatment can be approached in two ways: treating TMJ symptoms or treating the cause of TMJ pain. Treating TMJ symptoms can be treated through various methods including medication & physical therapy. However, we at the Orthospaceship, specialize in treating the root cause of TMJ pain by repositioning a person’s jaw joint and bite for TMJ pain relief.

What is the Roth Williams Philosophy of Orthodontics?

The Roth Williams Philosophy focuses on achieving optimal jaw function and facial aesthetics through orthodontic treatment, rather than just straightening teeth.

How does the Roth Williams Philosophy impact TMJ treatment?

The Roth Williams Philosophy aims to treat TMJ by focusing on the root cause, which often involves jaw alignment and function, rather than just symptom relief.

Can TMJ disorders affect your posture?

Yes, TMJ disorders can have an impact on your posture. The imbalance in your jaw can lead to a chain reaction affecting your neck and spine alignment.

Is TMJ surgery necessary?

TMJ surgery is generally considered a last resort and is only recommended when conservative treatments have failed to provide relief.

How does stress affect TMJ?

Stress can exacerbate TMJ symptoms as it often leads to teeth grinding and jaw clenching, which puts additional pressure on the TMJ.

How does diet affect TMJ and what foods should I avoid or include?

Diet plays a significant role in managing TMJ symptoms. Foods that are hard or require excessive chewing can exacerbate jaw pain. On the other hand, anti-inflammatory foods like berries and leafy greens can help alleviate symptoms. It’s advisable to avoid chewy candies, hard nuts, and tough meats, and instead focus on a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and soft foods.

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