Aesthetika Dental Center

General & Cosmetic Dentistry & Prosthodontists located in Union Square, San Francisco, CA

When you’re plagued with something as painful as TMJ, you need an expert in TMJ treatment and occlusion therapies. You can trust Dr. Rebecca Castaneda to alleviate your jaw pain. If you’re in the Union Square area or San Francisco, call Aesthetika or request an appointment online today.


What is TMJ?

“TMJ” is an acronym for temporomandibular joint (i.e., the jaw bone). The temporomandibular joints are the joints that attach the lower jaw to the skull. They're essential to daily jaw functions such as opening and closing your mouth, chewing, and speaking.

What are TMJ disorders?

TMJ disorders refer to conditions that cause pain in your jaw and jaw muscles, and limitations in your jaw’s ability to operate normally while speaking, eating, and swallowing.

What causes TMJ Disorders?

The exact cause of your TMJ disorder can be difficult to determine. In 30 years of treating patients seen at Aesthitka, Dr. Castaneda believes that pain can occur due to a combination of factors, such as genetics, arthritis, teeth grinding during sleep, or jaw injury.

TMJ disorders are particularly common:

  • In arthritis patients
  • After severe trauma
  • After a car accident
  • When you clench your teeth
  • During pregnancy

What are the symptoms of TMJ?

The most common symptoms of TMJ are:

  • Frequent headaches
  • Uncomfortable bite
  • Pain in the neck, shoulders or back
  • Facial swelling
  • Pain in the face
  • Pain in the jaw joint or ear
  • Jaw locking
  • Restricted ability to open your mouth without pain


Not every TMJ patient has all of these symptoms. A combination of symptoms, or one extremely painful symptom can indicate TMJ. The best way to understand your symptoms and get an accurate diagnosis is to set up an appointment with Dr. Castaneda.

What is the best treatment for TMJ?

In most cases, the pain and discomfort associated with TMJ disorders is temporary and Dr. Castaneda can alleviate your pain with a conservative treatment plan. For more complicated cases of TMJ pain, she can collaborate with a network of specialists to alleviate your symptoms with customized dental appliances.

If you’re experiencing symptoms of TMJ and want to learn more about your treatment options, call to schedule a consultation today or request an appointment online.

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