TMJD (TMJ Disorder) can cause many uncomfortable conditions that make everyday life difficult. You may or may not know that these conditions are linked to TMJ disorders at all. In fact, some of those conditions may actually be causing the TMJ problems to begin with.

Let’s talk about a few of them:

Headaches and Muscle Pain

Common side effects of TMJ disorder are muscle pain and headaches. Pain may even radiate through the face, neck, shoulders and back. All of this originates from tension around the TMJ itself. It is typically induced by stress, or an irregularity in biting patterns.

Clenching and Grinding

Tension in the jaws and muscles around the jaws can cause you to become stressed. When stressed, you may find that you are clenching and grinding your teeth together. Some people do this at night when they sleep or during the day when they are focusing on projects at work or the long commute home. Chronic bruxism can wear your teeth down and even cause them to break. Wearing a bite splint will prevent this from happening, as well as help you avoid side effects like headaches.

Worn, Misaligned Teeth

Altering the function of the joint may mean you’re biting and chewing patterns are also compromised. Over time this can cause your teeth to wear down abnormally. The teeth may appear sharp, flat, worn, or even have broken restorations. Sometimes orthodontic therapy is needed to correct the alignment of the teeth, so that the TMJ can actually function properly. By realigning the teeth with braces, the biting patterns can be corrected and then the jaw will not need to be strained for normal biting and chewing.

Popping and Clicking of the Jaw

When your jaw clicks or pops, it means something is not functioning correctly inside of the joint. Most of the time we will simply monitor this unless it becomes problematic. If the joint ever locks in place or becomes impossible to open and close, it is important to seek professional help. In rare circumstances, the jaw may lock and be impossible to move back into position without assistance from the dentist or other medical professional. If this happens, be sure to contact Marconi Dental Group immediately.

In most cases, we will recommend a non-invasive, non-surgical way to manage your TMJ disorder. We typically only recommend surgical techniques and very advanced, severe cases. The majority of mild to moderate TMJ cases can be managed with options like bite splits, night guards, muscle relaxers, or even a warm compress with over-the-counter pain medication.

At Marconi Dental Group we will screen for abnormalities of the jaw, including TMJ disorders, during your dental exam. If symptoms are noted, we will discuss risk factors, therapeutic methods, or tips to try at home.

Don’t let TMJ disorder get in your way of a comfortable day, every day. Visit Marconi Dental Group to check your TMJ and teeth, so that you can enjoy a healthy smile for the rest of your life.

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Dr. Fischer

Dr. Fischer comes from Sandy City Utah, where he graduated from the University of Utah with a background in Medical Biology. Dr. Fischer then was awarded his DDS degree from Loma Linda University here in California. Prior to that, Dr. Fischer worked alongside his father for several years as a design engineer at his father’s dental company. Dr. Fischer has a strong passion for dentistry, he believes in providing his patients with the most modern and up-to-date procedures, and he truly enjoys the variations of procedures he gets to perform daily.

When not practicing dentistry, he can be found spending time with his family. Dr. Fischer and his wife Brittany have twins Kaitly and Kyle, and son Johnny. Outside of his professional activities, Dr. Fischer is also a true adventurist. He has travelled to many countries and enjoys backpacking, scuba diving, para gliding, camping, and hunting just to name a few.

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Dr. Huang

Dr. Y. Vinny Huang received his Degree in Dental Surgery in his hometown of Taipei, Taiwan and then went on to receive his Masters in Science and Postgraduate Certificate in Prosthodontics from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA.

He has been practicing dentistry since 1992 and his area of specialty is Prosthodontics, the treatment and handling of dental and facial problems. Prosthodontics involves the restoration of missing teeth and jaw structure. Dr. Y. Vinny Huang is also a Diplomate of the (ABP) American Board of Prosthodontics and an active member of the (CDA) California Dental Association and the (AAFP) American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics, and a fellow of the (ACP) American College of Prosthodontists. He is also fluent in Mandarin!

Dr. Y. Vinny Huang was fortunate enough to find his calling at a young age. He grew up watching his grandmother struggle with her dentures on many occasions and has been determined to help others just like her ever since. He is truly passionate about his work and finds great joy in creating beautiful smiles for his patients whether it be on their own or with the help of dental implants. Dr. Y. Vinny Huang makes it his personal mission to educate his patients and community on the importance of oral health and does so with honesty, professionalism and care.

When Dr. Y. Vinny Huang isn’t practicing dentistry or assisting the community, you will find him spending time with his wife and two daughters. He also enjoys being outdoors and staying active whether it be swimming, golfing or playing tennis.

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Dr. Visagé

Dr. Visagé graduated his dental degree from University of Pretoria in South Africa (1999). He practiced general dentistry in South Africa and England until 2002. He went on and completed a residency program in Periodontics and Oral Medicine, in South Africa to attain his Masters degree in 2006. He established a successful private specialist practice in Periodontics and Dental Implants. During that time he also served as secretary of the South African Society of Periodontology and still holds specialist registration with the Health Professions Council of South Africa.

 

In 2014, Dr. Visagé and his family relocated to California, and he was invited to the prestigious Program for International Dentists at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). In 2015, he received the OKU Dental Honour Society Dr Kramer S Award from the UCSF School of Dentistry. In 2016 he received the Dental Honour Society Membership Award and also the Award for Clinical Excellence & Mentoring (UCSF).  He obtained his American Doctorate of Dental Surgery (UCSF) in 2016.

 

The most enjoyable part of his work is getting to know the patients and being able to play a role in improving oral health, which contributes to quality of life. He is truly passionate about dentistry, but strikes a balance between his professional and personal lives.  He maintains his fitness through running, biking and hiking with his family. 

Dr. Visagé and his wife Karlien, have  a  daughter and a son.  When time allows, he and his family enjoys travelling and spending time together. They travel to South Africa as often as time allows, but also enjoy road trips in the USA.