At Concierge Smile Boutique, we take pride in helping our patients maintain beautiful, healthy smiles. Besides general dentistry, our dentists are experts in a wide variety of sub-specialties and treatment methods, including pediatric dentistry and cosmetic dentistry, and we strive to take an individualized approach to treat patients. But dental care goes beyond just a smile - for many patients, the Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) can be a major source of pain and irritation.
As your top Culver City dentistry, our goal is to ensure optimum oral health. So when our patients are in pain it is critical that we do everything in our power to relieve that pain. That’s why Dr. Nima Shayesteh completed a two-year advanced training and credentialing in TMD care and treatment to help treat our Culver City patients and the entire West Los Angeles community. Dr. Shayesteh’s training program at the F.A.C.E foundation resulted in the award of a prestigious certificate for Post-Graduate Study in Advanced Occlusion, Restorative and Prosthetic Techniques. Worldwide, only 14 dentists were selected, accepted and graduated from this elite program for the 2015-2017 mentorship training. The skills he attained from this program allows him to treat patients with joint dysfunctions & pain like TMD as well as to rehabilitate & reconstruct full mouths, and perform complex dentistry.
If you have experienced any of the causes and symptoms of TMD, we encourage you to make an immediate appointment with our Culver City dental experts to relieve your jaw pain. Thankfully, treatment is usually fairly simple.
In some cases, you can relieve your periodic TMJ pain and discomfort with a variety of home treatment methods. For example, moist heat from a heat pack or a hot water bottle wrapped in a warm, moist towel applied to your jaw can improve function and reduce pain. Other patients can reduce swelling and pain with an ice pack wrapped in cloth and applied to your jaw. Rest your jaw to promote healing by eating soft foods. You also may choose to take over-the-counter pain relievers to alieve your discomfort.
Your Culver City dentist may prescribe jaw exercises and/or relaxation techniques to help treat your TMJ dysfunction. Slow, gentle jaw exercises can improve jaw mobility and healing. While relaxation and guided imagery can assist in reducing pain and discomfort. Your dentist will develop a plan of action individualized for your particular needs.
If the source of your TMJ is an occlusion issue, clear braces, also known as Invisalign or ClearCorrect, may be able to fix the alignment your jaw, and therefore help TMD symptoms. The clear aligners may also help relieve your pain immediately as they act as a shield to prevent you from biting while your jaws are misaligned. More serious occlusions may require the use of braces treatment.
The most common TMD treatment for our Culver City patients is the use of a Face Orthopedic Stabilization Appliance (FOSA). YourConcierge Smile Boutique dentist will custom-make this appliance to ease irritation and relieve pain. The FOSA is a highly specialized appliance that's manufactured specifically to fit your unique jaw and bite - it's much more detailed than a traditional night guard, which simply acts as a buffer between the teeth. Accordingly, treatment with a FOSA is more involved - it'll require two appointments and about two and a half hours of 'chair time' with the dentist at our comfortable Culver City office. We'll use this time to make detailed measurements of your mouth, jaw, and bite, helping us design your FOSA to perfectly fit your mouth and position your jaw correctly.
Once you have your FOSA, you'll to wear it every night as you sleep. Keeping it clean is vital for effective treatment, so be sure to brush it thoroughly after wearing it. With daily use and conscientious care, a FOSA is a critical step for relieving TMJ irritation and pain.
If you have any questions about TMD or want to get your own FOSA, please don't hesitate to contact us as we are always happy to speak with you! You are welcome to call our Culver City, California office at (424) 404-6400, or you can use our convenient online appointment form. WithConcierge Smile Boutique, you’ve found your home for all of your oral health needs - from general and cosmetic dentistry to dental implants and sleep apnea solutions. We can't wait to hear from you, and we look forward to helping you overcome TMJ and live a happier, healthier life!