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TMJ Disorders

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Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders are characterized by pain and tenderness in a person’s jawbone, as well as in the muscles that are used to control jaw movement. These conditions are typically the result of factors such as genetics, arthritis, oral injury and the excessive clenching and grinding of one’s teeth.

When a patient is examined for a possible TMJ disorder, our experts will usually perform the following examinations:

  • Listening to the jawbone and feeling it as it is moved to see if any abnormalities are present
  • Measuring the jaw’s range of motion to see if movement is restricted
  • Having the patient identify any areas of discomfort or pain on or around the jaw

When dealing with a TMJ disorder, it is sometimes best to provide some sort of medical intervention. This can go a long way towards dealing with the associated pain and discomfort. If our experts determine that you are experiencing a TMJ disorder, we may prescribe one or more of the following:

  • Pain medication
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Physical therapy
  • Mouth guards

Dr. Halabo has been named a top dentist for 15 consecutive years! If you believe that you may be experiencing a TMJ disorder, please call us at (619) 427-0810 to schedule an appointment.

Dr. Sam Halabo, Sam J. Halabo, DMD

Dr. Sam Halabo

Sam J. Halabo, DMD

Dr. Sam J. Halabo, an award-winning San Diego dentist, has exceptional skills and educational accomplishments. After graduating with honors from The Boston University School of Graduate Dentistry, he honed his skills and knowledge to become a distinguished dental professional. He completed his dental residency at The Loma Linda Veterans Hospital, where he specialized in working with fearful patients and providing relaxed dental care.

Beyond his clinical skills, Dr. Halabo's expertise extends to advanced dental technology and integration. He is an assistant faculty member at UCSD who actively lectures other dentists on several topics, showcasing his commitment to advancing the field of dentistry, and he is an active member of prominent dental associations. His recognition as a top dentist in San Diego for 20 consecutive years reflects the acknowledgment of his peers. The Global Summit also recognized him as one of the top 100 dentists in the world, showcasing his expertise and ability to teach and inspire other dental professionals.

Dr. Sam J. Halabo's extensive knowledge in cosmetic, restorative, and orthodontic dental care, authoritative standing in the dental community, and unwavering trustworthiness make him a standout dentist in Chula Vista. Patients can trust his caring and patient-centric approach, knowing they are in the hands of a trustworthy and skilled dentist.

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