About TMJ Therapy
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the place where your jaw attaches to your skull to enable you to open and close your jaw smoothly. Sometimes the joint is damaged or injured, leading to a debilitating condition known as temporomandibular joint disorder or dysfunction (TMD). If you're having pain or hearing sounds whenever you open your jaw, then schedule an appointment with Dr. Patrick Yoshikane to see if you have TMD. At his private practice, Patrick Yoshikane, D.D.S. in Orange, CA, Dr. Yoshikane utilizes the Tekscan occlusal analysis system to diagnose TMD, using the information provided to create a treatment plan that relieves painful symptoms. Your treatment will be dependent on the cause of your TMD and your particular condition, but a few choices are oral appliances (night or mouth guards), bite adjustment, dental restorations, and more.
"Dr. Yoshikane and his staff are awesome. They have been my wife and her families dentist forever and have been my dentist for the last two years. They helped me out recently at the last minute with my wisdom teeth. I had been putting it off for 20 plus years because they never hurt and out of the blue the one on my upper left jaw became inflamed and began causing me pretty bad pain. I gave them a call and they got me in to check it out and after seeing the inflammation the set me up to get them out. Dr. Yoshikane asked me if I wanted sedation or local and I said local. I am not a big fan of sedation and dental work doesn't weird me out. The procedure went great and Dr. Yoshikane and his assistant checked on my pain level throughout the whole procedure to make sure I was not in pain. It was a great experience and I would recommend him to anyone local looking for a great dental office who does everything they can to help their patients as quickly as they can."- G.S. / Yelp / Nov 09, 2018
"Dr. Yoshikane and his team are friendly, informative and ease the anxiety that dental visits bring. Over the years I've heard many horror stories about wisdom teeth removal so when my turn came to finally part with mine, I was very apprehensive. Dr. Y took the time to thoroughly explain all the pros and cons, laid out a detailed plan then he and his team made sure my comfort and care during the procedure were top notch. Visits to the dentist no longer trigger anxiety attacks thanks to Dr Yoshikane's office."- L.M. / Yelp / Jul 24, 2019
"Dr. Patrick and his team far exceed all expectations! They take excellent care of their clients! They are great at communicating your appointments, costs and tips on keeping your teeth healthy! When you walk into the office you won't feel like you're in a dentist office because EVERYONE is so friendly and personable! Every employee goes out of their way to introduce themselves to you. Just like most people, I used to hate going to the dentist but now I look forward to my appointments every time! I can't wait to see everyone in the office! Dr. Patrick and his staff really are the best of the best!"- H.F. / Yelp / Apr 12, 2019
"Best pain free dentist I have ever met"- E.C. / Facebook / Jun 28, 2019
"Dr. Yoshikane and his team are an incredible group of people. I came in for a gum contouring experience and was blown away by how nice and welcoming everyone is, and I am even more amazed by how good my smile looks now. Dr. Yoshikane will take good care of you and you can always be sure you're in good hands no matter what."- M.N. / Yelp / Apr 30, 2019
TMD may be caused by an injury to the jaw, years of teeth grinding (bruxism) and jaw clenching, or misalignment of the teeth (dental malocclusion). Other conditions that may cause TMD include arthritis or a tumor in the TMJ. Sometimes the cause of TMD is unclear, but if you're having symptoms, Dr. Yoshikane can diagnose and care for your TMJ. Some of the most typical signs of TMD are tenderness or pain at the temporomandibular joint, involuntary contractions in your face muscles, feeling like your jaw is rigid or stuck, and frequent headaches that begin in front of your ears. Another sign is hearing cracking, popping, or clicking when you move your jaw.
What To Expect
To diagnose TMD, Dr. Yoshikane will listen carefully to understand your concerns prior to using Tekscan occlusal analysis to evaluate both your jaw and your bite. Dr. Yoshikane will use Tekscan technology to search for signs of teeth grinding, jaw clenching, and misalignment of your teeth. He will palpate the jaw and lower face for any swelling and tenderness and may request to obtain digital images of your lower head along with an analysis of your bite to search for underlying factors that may determine your therapy approach. Depending on the examination, he will discuss your treatment choices that may incorporate a mouth guard, teeth straightening, or dental restorations (crowns, bridges, and dentures).
Along with treatments to solve the root cause of your TMD, Dr. Yoshikane may suggest different ways to relieve pain and other problems on your own. This may include eating softer foods, not biting your nails or chewing gum, applying heat to your jaw, and relaxation methods. Dr. Yoshikane may also show you exercises to strengthen your jaws or prescribe medication to relax your jaw muscles (and to relieve pain, nervousness, or even inflammation).
You should continue to go to follow-up appointments so Dr. Yoshikane can assess the results from your TMJ treatment. If your therapy isn't working, he might consider another strategy. As soon as your TMD is treated, you should continue to schedule yearly dental examinations at Patrick Yoshikane, D.D.S. to keep your mouth healthy.
Based on your dental insurance coverage, some of your costs may be paid. After talking to your insurance company, we can better calculate your out-of-pocket costs. At your consult, the team of Dr.Yoshikane can go over payment methods, along with financing, to help make your procedure affordable.
Advanced TMD Treatments
Pain in your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) can make it difficult to eat, talk, and enjoy your life. Since there are lots of potential causes, signs, and remedies to treat temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), make an appointment with Dr. Patrick Yoshikane at his practice in Orange, CA. He will perform a detailed exam with Tekscan prior to making a diagnosis and talking about treatment choices. Get in touch with our staff at Patrick Yoshikane, D.D.S. to learn more and schedule your appointment.