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Dr. Toshi Hart is a nationally recognized expert in holistically treating TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) and TMD (Temporomandibular Disorder) which are conditions that affect the jaw and surrounding muscles. The main causes of TMD include:

  1. Teeth Grinding (Bruxism): This habit can put excessive pressure on the jaw, leading to TMD.

  2. Trauma or Injury: Any injury to the jaw or surrounding muscles can lead to TMD.

  3. Arthritis: Inflammation of the temporomandibular joint can cause TMD.

  4. Stress: Stress can cause clenching and grinding of the teeth, leading to TMD.

  5. Poor Posture: Maintaining poor posture while sleeping or sitting can put extra strain on the jaw and cause TMD.

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These are some of the most common causes of TMD, but there may be other underlying factors as well. Dr. Hart has been helping alleviate the pain of TMJ and TMD for her patients for years, quickly without medication or surgery.

Common Signs You May Have TMJ/TMD

The following are common signs and symptoms of TMD (Temporomandibular Disorder) or TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) issues:

  1. Pain or tenderness in the jaw, face, neck, or around the ear.
  2. Difficulty or discomfort when opening or closing the mouth.
  3. A popping or clicking sound in the jaw when opening or closing the mouth.
  4. Limited jaw movement or locking of the jaw in the open or closed position.
  5. A headache or earache.
  6. Tinnitus or ringing in the ear.
  7. Pain or discomfort when chewing, biting or speaking.
  8. Swelling on the side of the face.

These symptoms can range from mild to severe and may come and go. If you exhibit any of the symptoms do not hesitate to call Dr. Hart’s office right away. Dr. Hart will treat the underlying cause and you may get instant relief. You will find that relief is only a phone call away. 

Dr. Hart is Modesto’s Most Thorough TMJ/TMD Specialist

Diagnosis of TMD involves a thorough medical and dental examination, including a review of the patient’s medical and dental history, an examination of the jaw and surrounding muscles, and possibly X-rays or other imaging tests. Dr. Hart can then determine the underlying cause and recommend an appropriate treatment plan.

 It is important to treat TMD as soon as possible to prevent further damage to the jaw joint and surrounding muscles. The earlier treatment is started, the better the chances of a successful outcome. The overall health and well-being of a person can be greatly impacted by TMD, so prompt and effective treatment is essential.
In addition to treating TMD, maintaining a healthy lifestyle is also important for overall health and well-being. This includes a healthy diet, regular exercise, stress management, and good sleep habits. Regular dental check-ups can also help detect and prevent TMD and other dental problems.
TMD is a common condition that can have a significant impact on a  person’s overall health and well-being. If you are experiencing symptoms of  TMD, it is important to seek prompt medical attention. With proper diagnosis and treatment, TMD can be effectively managed and even eliminated improving your quality of life.

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Why Jaw Size Matters to Your TMJ/TMD Pain

The size of a person’s jaw can have a significant impact on their risk of developing TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) or TMD (Temporomandibular Disorder). The temporomandibular joint is responsible for a variety of movements in the jaw, including opening and closing, and problems with this joint can lead to TMD.
People with a small jaw size may be more likely to develop TMD due to the increased stress and strain placed on the jaw joint. This can result from a misalignment of the jaw, causing the jaw to move in an unnatural way and leading to pain and discomfort. The stress placed on the jaw can also cause muscle tension, which can result in headaches, neck pain, and other symptoms associated with TMD.
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The size of a person’s jaw can be assessed through X-rays, which provide a detailed image of the jaw and surrounding structures. Dr. Hart has the most advanced imaging systems on the market in her office that can determine whether a person’s jaw size is contributing to their TMD.

Early Tips to Avoid TMJ/TMD

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Here are some tips to prevent TMD, it is important to maintain good oral hygiene and a healthy lifestyle, including proper posture, stress management, and avoiding habits such as clenching and grinding the teeth. Dr. Hart’s expertise will help you conquer this debilitating condition.

If you are experiencing symptoms of TMD, it is important to seek prompt medical attention. With proper diagnosis and treatment, TMD can be effectively managed or eliminated, reducing pain and discomfort and improving quality of life. Additionally, regular dental check-ups can help detect and prevent TMD and other dental problems.

 To summarize, the size of a person’s jaw can have a significant impact on their risk of developing TMD, and it is important to seek medical attention if you are experiencing symptoms. With proper care and attention, TMD can be effectively managed and the symptoms reduced, leading to improved overall health and well-being. Contact Dr. Hart today to get the relief you deserve.

Call Dr. Hart Before Medication and Surgery

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Medications and jaw surgery are common treatment options for TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) and TMD (Temporomandibular Disorder), but like any medical treatment, they carry certain risks.
Medications used to treat TMD, such as pain relievers and muscle relaxants, can cause side effects such as stomach upset, drowsiness, and decreased cognitive function. In rare cases, they can also lead to more serious side effects, such as liver or kidney damage. It is important to talk to your doctor about the potential side effects and risks of any medication before starting treatment.

Jaw surgery, also known as temporomandibular joint surgery, is a more invasive treatment option for TMD and is typically only recommended for severe cases that have not responded to other treatments. While jaw surgery can be effective in correcting TMD, it also carries risks such as infection, bleeding, nerve damage, and difficulty speaking or eating. Additionally, jaw surgery can be lengthy and painful recovery process, and there may be long-term side effects such as scarring and changes in appearance.

It is important to discuss the risks and benefits of both medications and jaw surgery with Dr. Hart and to consider all available treatment options before making a decision. In many cases, conservative treatments such as physical therapy, oral appliances, and lifestyle changes, such as stress management and proper posture, can be effective in managing TMD without the need for surgery.

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