Treatment for TMJ Disorder in Los Gatos

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects your jaw to your skull. When disturbed, this complex connection can cause a myriad of symptoms from mild clicks and pops to severe pain, including migraines. Many people who suffer headaches, jaw pain, and neck stiffness are experiencing signs of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD)

Dr. Cristina Herrera has extensive experience treating TMD in Los Gatos and consistently provides effective and long-lasting relief for her patients suffering from TMJ disorders.

Causes of TMD

There are several ways your temporomandibular joint can cause symptoms. Generally, TMJ displacement and muscle spasms occur due to the following:

  • Physical injury
  • Arthritis
  • Chronic Stress
  • Improper Bite
  • Misaligned Teeth
  • Teeth Grinding or Clenching
  • Connective Tissue Disease

Dr. Herrera offers a range of TMD treatments in Los Gatos to meet the needs of her patients and tailors her approach to help you achieve relief from pain as quickly as possible.

Oral Appliance Therapy

Also referred to as splint therapy, this is the simplest way to address most TMJ symptoms but may not always address structural dental issues that may be contributing to the condition. Oral appliances will relieve pain by taking pressure off the muscles that surround the joint and allowing them to rest. This is often enough to produce long-term results and is convenient for episodic TMD symptoms.

Orthodontic Intervention

Malocclusions such as over-bite, under-bite, and open-bite are sometimes the underlying cause of TMJ muscle spasms. In these cases, as well as when tooth crowding or misalignment are involved, Dr. Herrera can use braces to adjust your bite and move some or all of your teeth into better alignment.

Full Mouth Rehabilitation

Sometimes it is necessary to treat all your teeth to both correct your bite pattern, and repair damage done as a result of failing prior dental work or chronic teeth grinding. Full Mouth Rehabilitation may entail placing prosthetics, such as a crown or bridge, and orthodontic intervention.

Dr. Herrera often combines treatments so that you can achieve fast results with an oral appliance while undergoing any required additional adjustments to correct your dental pattern.

Advanced Diagnostics and Experienced TMJ Care in Los Gatos

After performing your initial comprehensive exam, and obtaining images of your jaw with our CT scanner, Dr. Herrera may add more intricate testing, including jaw tracing, which allows us to thoroughly assess your jaw function. This helps our dentist determine the appropriate course of action to achieve the best results.

Once we have obtained detailed and precise impressions of your teeth and gums, our dedicated dentist will get to work on your oral appliance which we can create right in our office with CEREC, our in-house milling system.

Don’t let TMD stop you from enjoying life. Let us help by accurately diagnosing your symptoms and getting you the help you need.

If you need relief from TMJ pain in Los Gatos, please call our office, and schedule a consultation with Dr. Cristina Herrera today!


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Dr. Herrera and her staff are the best. Appointments are always on time. She is thorough, professional and just a neat person. I visit her office about 4 times a year for cleanings and checkups. The reason I mention this is that she has had the same great hygenist, Terri, for the entire time I have been a patient. My prior dentist had different hygenist every time I visited. Good example of how well this office is run. Don't have any fears seeing this dentist. Gentle, understanding and never rushed!

Jim S.

Dr. Herrera has been my dentist since mine retired many years ago. Dr. Herrera and her staff are highly skilled, and professional. Their equipment is top notch and the environment is relaxing. The hygienist (Teri) is very thorough and is simply excellent. Awhile back, I came in with a broken tooth, I expected a 2 or 3 visit repair over a course of at least a week. Dr. Herrera figured out the best repair, took the measurements, matched the tooth color, milled a porcelain crown, fitted and bonded it perfectly. I had a porcelain crown in one visit! The crown has been trouble free for years, and it still looks perfect. I have a fantastic dentist and hygienist. It does not get any better.

Kevin M.

Love Dr Herrera and all of the staff! Always courteous, friendly and fun when I visit. They are all very gentle when working on your teeth, so if you have a phobia of the dentist, fear no more! Not only are they easy on your mouth, but they have television screens you can watch while receiving treatment and even massaging chairs! I will continue to refer friends, family and clients to them for great dental care.

Lauren H.

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