TMJ Therapy in Lake Oswego, OR
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What is TMJ Therapy?
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the point where your jaw attaches to your skull to allow you to open and close your jaw. Sometimes the TMJ is damaged or injured, resulting in a debilitating condition called temporomandibular joint disorder or dysfunction (TMD). If you're experiencing pain or hearing noises when you move your jaw, schedule an appointment with the experts at Contemporary Dental Health The Center for Advanced Dentistry to determine if you have TMD. We have advanced tools to diagnose and care for your TMD to ease your symptoms at our Lake Oswego, OR office. Your TMJ treatment will be based on the cause of your TMD and your specific condition, but it may include oral appliances (night or mouth guards), bite adjustment, dental restorations, and more.
What Does TMJ Therapy Involve?
We will document your concerns and perform an exam to diagnose TMJ dysfunction. We will evaluate how your jaw moves and look for signs of misalignment, teeth grinding, and jaw clenching. We will also examine the jawbone and lower face for swelling and tenderness. We may take digital x-rays and do a bite analysis to look for underlying factors that may determine your treatment. Treatment options could include a mouth guard, teeth straightening, or dental restorations (crowns, bridges, and dentures).
We will also recommend ways to relieve pain and other symptoms on your own. This may include a liquid or soft food diet, not biting your nails or chewing gum, applying heat to your jaw, and relaxation methods. We may also show you exercises to strengthen your jaw or prescribe medicine to relax your facial muscles.
We'll check your progress during follow-up appointments. If your therapy isn't working, we may consider a different approach. As soon as your TMD is fully treated, you should still schedule yearly dental examinations at Contemporary Dental Health The Center for Advanced Dentistry to keep your jaw and teeth healthy.
TMJ Therapy Reviews
Excellent in every way! Professional, kind, and knowledgeable.
Am so glad I took my time finding a new dentist after moving to Lake Oswego in Dec. 2018. I couldn't be happier with Dr. Ogawa, (who is a neuromuscular cosmetic dentist), and his amazing staff! The minute you walk in the office, you know you are in a special place! The energy and the decor are warm, compassionate and relaxing, and LeeAnna is such a bright light. She runs the office like a boss with a loving smile and sense of humor, all the while juggling a million and one tasks. Dorcas is so gentle and kind, and gave me the best cleaning of my life. Last but not least, Dr. Ogawa is gentle, soft spoken and friendly, taking his time listening to your concerns and asking questions.
LeeAnna is my favorite, and I'm always glad to see her when I come thru the doors. She has a heart of gold and her work at the front desk and behind the scenes keep this place firing on all cylinders. Dr. Ogawa listened and spoke with me, not at, or over me. I'd been through sorta an ordeal with seriously failed dental work from another office. My emotions and wallet were burned thru by the time I found them. My last dentist took 3 tries at a crown b4 giving me what Ogawa did in 1. During my previous dentist's 3 tries, I'd had two of my own original teeth break off as a consequence. His training and personality are such that he won't forget your teeth are connected to your jaw, head, neck, etc...And if you want conservative treatment, he will provide it. Contemp Dental gave me what others could not, and they gave it to me right away, even tho I couldn't pay for a couple weeks. You will not encounter apathy here, but you will meet his kind brother, empathy. They maintain beyond the industry standard. Plus, dental hygienists, Vikki and Dorcas, maintain a following all of their own. I've been lucky enough to have them on and off for 20 years, as they've changed locations. That they work in this office, with Ogawa, all together now, says much for the whole group and affirms my thinking that this is the place to be for both routine cleanings, and hardcore restorations. This is a group of practitioners and office staff, working as hard as they can to be the smiling professionals you'd be well served to enjoy. I thought I added captions to the attached photos, the nice circled temporary crown came from Contemporary Dental, while the two offensive ones to the right came from Uptown Family Dental. All temporaries were modeled off that same gold crown.
I’ve seen hygienist Dorcas 3 times and my confidence and trust in her keep expanding, which is saying a lot, since she first impressed me as stellar. She is thorough, empathetic, committed, and generous with her deep knowledge, which has been much called upon, as I’ve had some baffling problems in spite of my own scrupulous self-care. What’s more, she is a lovely person with a light touch and light within her, making it a pleasure to be in her hands and company. She brings intelligence, determination, and graciousness to these cleaning sessions, probing the depths of hidden or potential problems. I come out feeling reassured as well as fresh and sparkling. ***** I could hardly wait to go to bed with my freshly adjusted night guard! That was after my most recent session at Contemporary Dental Health. And I awoke happily balanced and tension-free. Crowning implants to perfection, referring me for tori reduction when advisable, resolving inflammation, deftly replacing a cracked crown, always checking my bite - these are major services I’ve received since becoming Dr. Ogawa’s patient in the wake of Dr. Wendling’s departure, after my ten years in her extraordinary care. From the beginning, Dr. Ogawa and LeeAnna have been kind, generous, making time for me in several emergencies, accommodating my own scheduling constraints, and keeping me in health-enhancing and tooth-caring supplies. Dr. Ogawa is a master of patience, focus, and precision. My recent session with him fine-tuning my orthotic night guard underscored these qualities as he calibrated and adjusted with exactitude, and explained why I’d been clenching on the right side after numerous changes (tori reduction, extractions, implants) in my mouth. He’s always clarified any issues so I understand what needs to be corrected, and why. I’m grateful for this and the friendliness of all the staff at Contemporary Dental Health : LeeAnna, Dorcas, Nina, and Dr. Ogawa with his dental wizardry.
I had a full mouth reconstruction. Dr Ogawa and team were exceptional. My mouth is wonderful. If I didn't have the cash for this procedure I would have taken 2nd mortgage out on my home to pay for this. My new teeth are a life changer. I have so much more confidence. Don't hesitate. Dr Ogawa and team are an A+ and I am very picky!!!
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Relieve Jaw Tension
Jaw pain can make it hard to chew, speak, and enjoy everyday life. There are many potential causes, symptoms, and remedies for TMD so make an appointment with Contemporary Dental Health The Center for Advanced Dentistry in Lake Oswego, OR. We will perform a detailed examination before diagnosing the problem and talking to you about possible treatment options. Get in touch with us today to make an appointment!