San Francisco Center For TMJ And Sleep Apnea

TMJ Solutions San Francisco

TMJ San Francisco

Temporomandibular Joint Disorders San Francisco

Millions of Americans suffer from TMJ and craniofacial disorders. TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint. It is the joint that connects the lower jawbone to the skull. The human TMJ’s and jaw is essentially a lever system, complex in structure. Unfortunately this system is not ideal in design, often inefficient and subject to problems. TMJ disorder management is included in the larger group of managing Craniofacial Pain disorders, extending not only to the jaw, but the greater head, neck, shoulder and back structures that are neurologically linked to the jaw, but can present as facial pain.

If you have any of these symptoms or have questions please call our office to schedule a TMJ consultation appointment for a complete exam and a review of your options.

Symptoms associated with this disorder include one or more of the following:

  • Chronic headaches and migraines
  • Pain and ringing in the ears
  • Vertigo (dizziness)
  • Sore/painful facial muscles
  • Pain and/or stiffness in the neck, shoulder, and back
  • Sleep Breathing Disorders
  • Chronic Pain

If you have any of these symptoms or have questions please call our office to schedule a TMJ consultation appointment for a complete exam and a review of your options.

These symptoms are often so severe thus disabling one from normal daily activities and altering one’s quality of life.

Many of these symptoms are a result of poorly aligned teeth and an unbalanced “bad” bite.
A bad bite can be caused by one or more of the following:

  • Clenching/grinding teeth
  • Trauma
  • Misaligned teeth
  • Underdeveloped Jaws

In these circumstances, the TMJ and muscles have to work harder to bring teeth together in order to function properly. There is also a tendency for excessive subconscious clenching and/or grinding during the day and night while trying to find balance in the bite. As a result, teeth wear down and can fracture, the TMJ joints can slowly degenerate and surrounding muscles become strained and fatigued. Signs of a TMJ disorder can include popping and clicking in the jaw joints, limited opening with pain, and narrow jaws and crowded teeth.

We offer a safe, non-surgical approach to rapid & long-lasting relief from orofacial pain and TMJ disorders.

TMJ disorder management is included in the larger group of managing Craniofacial Pain disorders, extending not only to the jaw, but the greater head, neck, shoulder and back structures that are neurologically linked to the jaw, but can present as facial pain.

What Causes TMJ?

There are many factors which can cause or contribute to TMJ disorders. They include trauma – any blow to the head or chin, whiplash injury, poor posture, abnormal bite (malocclusion), arthritis and hereditary growth and development factors which contribute to skeletal malformation. Stress at work or home also has an impact on existing TMJ disorders. Muscle strain and spasm begin when the discs becomes displaced. Early signs of a TMJ disorder usually include clicking or popping noises. More severe displacements can be very painful. If left untreated, permanent change can result.

Often proper treatment can alleviate months or years of pain and suffering. Treatments vary considerably with each individual patient and may include fabrication and fitting of precise, custom-fitted orthotic appliance (sometimes called “splints”) to realign and stabilize the jaw joint, restore comfort, and improve jaw function, and allow healing to occur non-surgically.

San Francisco TMJ and Sleep Apnea Dentist Dr. Larson strives to achieve a balanced bite (occlusion) to relieve acute and chronic Head, Jaw and Facial Pain. Treatment might include fabrication of occlusal decompression orthotics to appropriately reposition the jaw and muscles to reduce clenching/grinding, physical medicine including Cold Laser, Ultrasound, TENS, Trigger Point injections, Prolotherapy, chronic pain nutrition and screening for Sleep Breathing Disorders (SBD) which can cause sleep bruxism.

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To Learn More About TMJ And Sleep Apnea Solutions Or To Schedule An Appointment, Please Call Or Text San Francisco TMJ And Sleep Specialist Dr. Larson Today 415-872-5116

San Francisco Dentist Dr. Greg Larson
San Francisco Center for TMJ & Sleep Apnea

498 Jackson St San Francisco, CA 94111
p. 415-872-5116
f. 415-449-3560

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BrookeSan Francisco
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Dr. Larson and his team are seriously great people. I've dealt with years of chronic migraines, neck pain, and some other issues pointing to TMD. Rachelle was so sweet and helpful and so willing to answer all of my questions. Dr. Larson did a free consult with me even with knowing I was moving out of state and not able to go through treatment with him. He pointed me in the right direction and referred me to another specialist and I'm just super grateful and hopeful that I am finally on the right path to recovery!
KinneraSan Francisco
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I went to consult with Dr. Larson about my TMJ disorder. He was very attentive, did a full exam and has given me great information about my TMJ disorder and has come up with a comprehensive plan to treat my TMJ pain. His office is great and they have always been available and quickly respond to any questions I have. Dr Larson is very amicable and friendly and competent and passionate about what he does. I highly recommend this practice for anyone who wants to get relieved of their TMJ pain and other related issues such as tinitus. His and his team help you feel comfortable and at ease. Very clean office and the staff are so professional and very nice people. Great customer service. I’m in great hands.
AllenSan Francisco
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Dr. Larson and his staff are incredible. His attention to detail and truly listening to your symptoms made all the difference in my diagnosis and treatment recommendations. After just one night of wearing the appliance I felt more refreshed and energetic than I had in 20 years. It's amazing how much better my wife sleeps when I wear the appliance also 😉 Their office is clean, modern and the staff makes scheduling an appointment effortless. Thanks for all of the amazing care Dr. Larson!