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TMJ Doctor
updated: Mar 17, 2014, 3:50 PM

I have terrible TMJ and it has been suggested to me that I seek the services of an Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Oral Medicine and/or Orofacial Pain doctor. Can anyone recommend one in the area?

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Dr. AlexanderDr. ArnettDr. Gunson
Dr. HallDr. MiglioreDr. Tom Rook
Trigger Point Therapy

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 COMMENT 503652P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-17 03:53 PM

We've used Dr. Alexander on Coast Village (moving to Summerland in a few months), and have been extremely happy with all of his work along with that of every specialist he's recommended. You might phone their office for a reco to check out.


 COMMENT 503655 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-17 04:11 PM

I also had terrible TMJ for awhile. My dentist fixed me up with a device that relocated my lower jaw over time, and haven't had a problem since.


 COMMENT 503687 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-17 04:56 PM

I think it's called TMD. Not sure if that helps any.


 COMMENT 503689 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-17 05:10 PM

Treatment for TMJ-disorder (TMJ-D) is a crap shoot.

A study cited by UCSF TMJ clinic found that the outcome for non-intervention vs. intervention is about the same, and concluded that TMJD is usually a self-limiting condition that remedies itself.

I tried orthotic treatment and had poor results.

A local SB maxillofacial surgeon's office told me that orthotic treatment can open up the joint, and that "sometimes it never goes back." So don't consider this 'reversible treatment.'

In very extreme cases, it can only be remedied by surgery. I saw a surgeon in La Crescenta that did jaw joint replacements, but that's only when you don't have any other options.

Stress management is key. Do what it takes to limit any unnecessary stress. Biofeedback can help, but I found hydrotherapy in a hot-tub to be just as effective.

Good luck.


 COMMENT 503708P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-17 06:25 PM

Here's a great site I stumbled upon last year. I don't suffer from TMJ, but a lot of the things on this site have proven extremely useful for other things. I know it doesn't really answer your question, but might be able to provide some relief while you explore your options.



 COMMENT 503712 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-17 06:39 PM

I work for a local orthodontist. TMJ pain is often only helped with some form bite alignment, and/or a mouth appliance (to stop night grinding). Severe cases are usually only relieved by surgery, and as a previous comment mentioned, does not always fix the problem. I recommend you see a local jaw guy, such at Drs. Arnett and Gunson. They really know what they're doing. They may link you with a Orthodontist to help further, by either making a night guard or helping to align bite.

Hope this helps!


 COMMENT 503737 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-17 08:52 PM

I had un believable TMJ pain! and found it was all stress related. Did a exercise where I pushed my tongue up to the roof of my mouth and drank the occasional glass of wine
Good luck!


 COMMENT 503748P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-17 09:53 PM

This has been discussed before and a search brought up this: http://www.edhat.com/site/tidbit.cfm?nid=47111 . Maybe there is something there that can help.


 COMMENT 503755P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-18 12:25 AM

I had TMJ that resulted in intense grinding of the teeth and headaches (probably stress related). A dentist made me a mouth guard to wear at night. The guard fixed it.


 COMMENT 503791 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-18 08:12 AM

I've had bad TMJ on and off for 30 years, and got relief through physical therapy. I was sent to Andy Eubank at Muller Weber Physical Therapy in 2012 by a doctor specializing in TMJ, who is no longer here. But if you ask your doctor for a phys ed referral, hopefully Andy is still around (or they have a new TMJ therapist).


 COMMENT 503802 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-18 08:34 AM

We had results with Trigger Point Therapy, maybe give that a try, you can apply it to yourself. Do internet research on it. good luck


 COMMENT 503816 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-18 08:55 AM

I had terrible TMJ for 20+ years. My mouth would click and thunk every time I opened it, and sometimes it would lock completely. Those mouth guards only seemed to make it worse. I finally had a cortisone shot in my jaw, which enabled me to have physical therapy. Without the shot, I couldn't have handled the pain of the PT. It's been almost 20 years and no problems since. Also, never chew gum or chewy things; they stress the jaw too much. Good luck.


 COMMENT 503829 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-18 09:26 AM

Another vote for trigger point therapy! Simple, self- applied massage to targeted areas relieves referred pain. Look for the trigger point therapy workbook, I bought my copy at Chaucers.


 COMMENT 503849 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-18 10:24 AM

Chiropractors have been known to help with TMJ. The jaw is relatively free floating attached by muscles. Trigger point therapy done by someone else is very relaxing.


 COMMENT 503872 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-18 11:08 AM

I'd suggest my chiropractor, Dr. Migliore, downtown, on State Street. I've heard he has handled this problem with past clients.


 COMMENT 503897 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-18 12:05 PM

Dr Hall. Tell him Holly sent you.


 COMMENT 503912 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-18 12:37 PM

Not conveniently located to SB, but I traveled to Dr. David Shirazi in TO & he not only has treated my TMJ, but also helped with my back issues! 5 stars.


 COMMENT 503929 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-18 01:21 PM

Ah.. TMJ. I'll give you a quick run down of my experience. Hope this helps.

About 9 years ago, I had clicking in my jaw, and my dentist at the time recommended I get a huge mouthpiece to sleep with, which I did. I did NOT grind. <-- I would have never done this in retrospect.

A little over 8 years ago, the disc in my right jaw (sorry, I'm not that technical) slipped forward and my jaw locked shut. I ended up seeing a couple specialists here, but ended up seeing Dr. Stout in Oxnard. I was put under and they basically just forced my jaw open! Crazy. I did months of physical therapy... seriously just popsicles sticks working the muscles. I can't open my jaw to the mm it was under manipulation to this day. Everyone you see will tell you something, and that was the most frustrating part!! I really trusted Stout and his opinion on TMJ (I didn't need surgery, etc). .....


 COMMENT 504001 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-18 04:43 PM

Dr. Tom Rook at Family Tree Chiropratic, treats TMJ. He helped me with just 2-3 treatments.


 COMMENT 504007 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-18 05:49 PM

I had TMJ several years ago - not too bad, but a lot of clicking/popping and sore on-and-off. I was told to try to not let my teeth touch - which really helped me relax my jaw. Since that advise, I haven't had a problem! I think it started sometime after braces because my orthodontist (Dr. Edstrom) told me to clench my teeth after he took them off to help reinforce the new alignment. I may have taken that advise too strictly.

By the way - if you're looking for an orthodontist, I get compliments on my teeth all the time - Dr. Edstrom did a great job!!


 COMMENT 504025 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-18 08:06 PM

Sorry, this is 929. I couldn't post everything at once...

I now see Walseth as my primary dentist, who specializes in TMJ. Nothing has happened since then, but it's great to have a dentist who really understands your jaw and is making sure you are taking frequent breaks during your appointments, etc.

No chewing gum! :)


 COMMENT 504038P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-18 09:56 PM

If you have TMJ, your jaws are not in alignment and like other joints in the body can be aligned and fixed by a chiropractor. It is not a one time fix but can be easily taken care of. I had TMJ when I was young, but now just have it checked and maintained. My chiropractor is Dale Migliaccio. Mine is related to stress. He also taught me how to massage the sockets when under stress.


 COMMENT 504178 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-03-19 11:44 AM

My mother developed TMJ after a rear end accident. She went from dentist to doctor and back again. She finally went to a neurologist who fixed the problem.



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