Dr. Parvaz Mizrahi, a double board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon is a specialist in treating temporomandibular joint disorders, or TMD. Providing among the best relief for TMD disorder Los Angeles residents can obtain, is routine in her state-of-the-art Beverly Hills dental office. Patients can expect to finally get relief from this distressing condition allowing them to eat and speak and yawn without discomfort and life a life free of pain.
Is TMJ the Same as TMD?
The difference between TMJ and TMD disorder is merely a matter of words. TMJ refers to the actual joint that hinges the lower jaw to the skull. TMD is a shortened way of referring to a TMJ disorder. TMD simply means temporomandibular joint disorder. Most references to the pain and malfunction in this area is called either TMJ or TMD disorder but it means the same thing. TMD can refer to problems within the joint itself, or problems with the muscles and ligaments attached to the jaw located at the sides of the face.
The Anatomy of a TMD Disorder
The TMJ is a very flexible joint that allows the jaw to move up and down as well as side to side. Being able to withstand forces in all directions is unique to this joint and when it is damaged many symptoms can occur. Movements necessary for yawning, talking and chewing work with a complex system of ligaments, discs and bones. The muscles attached to the joint can become inflamed and the joint itself can become arthritic and inflamed. The pain from a TMD can radiate out to other areas causing headaches, sinus pain or earaches.
Symptoms of a TMD Disorder
Not all of these symptoms indicate a TMD Disorder. Los Angeles residents who suspect their problems may stem from the TMJ can make an appointment to see Dr. Mizrahi who will perform a thorough examination of the joint which might include having a CT scan or an MRI.
TMD symptoms can include:
- Grinding the Teeth
- Osteoarthritis in the TMJ
- Stress causing facial muscles to be chronically tight
- Clenching the teeth
- Facial pain
- Clicking in the TMJ
- Pain or swelling at the TMJ
Women experience TMD twice as often as men. Other than dental related facial pain, TMD is the most common facial pain reported. Dr. Mizrahi specializes in among the most comprehensive TMD treatment Beverly Hills can provide and has helped countless patients manage this painful and distressing condition.
Causes of TMD
One of the biggest contributing factors to TMD, other than force trauma to the joint or arthritis is stress. Stress put on the joint by an improper bite, clenching the jaw or grinding the teeth at night puts great pressure on the area. This is turn can cause nerve pain to radiate throughout the face causing headaches and earaches. Any overuse of the facial muscles of the jaw can cause TMJ stress and result in pain.
People suffering with TMJ pain should consult a specialist to diagnose and treat TMD due to the complex nature of that area of the face. TMD is not easy to diagnose as the link between pain symptoms and the cause is not always clear. Symptoms can also point to conditions of the sinuses or ear infections, so diagnosis and treatment is most successful when managed by a TMD specialist.
Dr. Mizrahi is a double board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon specializing in TMD. She has decades of experience providing cutting edge TMD treatment at her Beverly Hills clinic. The treatment process may take several months beginning with focusing on relief of painful symptoms and continuing with correcting the source of the pain. The goal is the enjoyment of normal daily activities without pain.
Consultation and diagnosis of TMD disorder in Los Angeles
If eating, talking or yawning is causing you pain, arrange an appointment with Dr. Mizrahi. The first step in treating TMD is diagnosing it. Whether or not your pain is caused by TMD, she can provide a treatment plan to reduce or eliminate your TMJ pain.
Meet Dr. Parvaz Mizrahi
An award-winning, board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. Mizrahi practices the full scope of oral and facial surgery in her state-of-the-art Beverly Hills office. With her extensive training and surgical skills, Dr. Mizrahi is qualified to treat virtually any disease, injury or defect of the mouth, face and jaw.
Distinguished by her caring demeanor and gentle touch, Dr. Mizrahi is celebrated for her ability to put patients at ease and deliver safe and comfortable treatment. With years of experience, countless awards and unparalleled technical expertise, Dr. Mizrahi has earned her reputation for delivering some of the best Beverly Hills TMD treatment.Meet Dr. Mizrahi
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