TMJ is a condition that almost 90% of patients suffer from.  It is a dislocation of the jaw that cause pain such as headaches due to grinding or excessive pressure on the teeth.  There are different levels of severity for TMJ and not everyone suffers from the same symptoms.  If left untreated, TMJ can lead to a condition called lock jaw where the ability to close the jaw is affected  and requires surgery. 

Dr. David Rudolph is one of the few specialist in Southern California that specializes in TMJ treatment by use of corrective appliances to fix this issue.  TMJ treatment will alleviate many symptoms caused by TMJ and correct the alignment of the jaw.  This can prevent costly dental surgeries in the future and can promote better oral health.

To learn more or receive additional information on TMJ, call us at our office at (818) 718-1737.
Getting orthodontic treatment to straighten your teeth can be a life changing experience that greatly benefits your health and self-confidence. Undergoing orthodontic treatment helps improve your oral health by allowing teeth to grow in proper formation. This allows you to chew your food better and to properly clean your teeth.

When teeth are not properly aligned, brushing your teeth can be a difficult task. There may be space in your teeth where a regular toothbrush may not be able to reach. This can cause plaque build-up and cause you to be prone to various oral health issues such as gingivitis and cavities. At times, teeth extractions may be needed to correct these issues.

Straightening your teeth as soon as possible can save you a fortune on dental costs. It is recommended to start orthodontic treatment at an early age when permanent teeth are growing in but it can be done at virtually any age. It is much easier to take care of your teeth when they are straight since it will be much easier to clean them properly.

So why wait and spent thousands of dollars on dental health issues when you can easily prevent that by going through orthodontic treatment? To find our more information on orthodontic treatment , click here.

Dr. David J. Rudolph, D.D.S., M.S., Ph. D
Specializing in Orthodontics and TMJ Therapy
Phone: 1 (818) 718-1737

Incorrect bone growth or formation is usually the underlying problem for most orthodontic patients. Phase I treatment is to make the bones grow or form better. The bones may have incorrect size, shape, proportion, or symmetry Often the upper and lower jaw sizes do not match. Sometimes the bones are too small and in order to fit the teeth. When the bones do not match the bite is usually off and the face is not as attractive as it could be.

When the bones grow better and in the correct formation, there is more room for the teeth to fit in so we can save all of your teeth. When there is not enough room for the teeth, the teeth are crooked and it may be impossible to completely clean them food gets caught in between the teeth and causes infections. This can result in all types of problems including cavities, declassifications, and gum disease. Perhaps the biggest problem to worry about is periodontal disease where the bone that holds the teeth in the mouth disintegrates and the teeth fall out. The bones get infected. These infections can travel through the blood to different organs. If it gets to the heart it can be extremely dangerous.

A. Phase I treatment is that helps fix the bite so we usually do not need to pull the teeth or do surgery. The Upper and Lower jaws need to match so chewing is efficient when you bite. Efficient and effective chewing can lead to better nutrition, better health and a longer happier life.

B. Finally, the best thing is that when the bones grow better the face will look better and look more attractive.

Different appliances can be used to guide the bones to grow properly. We use the very best made appliances customized to each of our individual patients. These appliances are comfortable and easy to wear. They are the very best quality so they don’t need to be adjusted often.

The cost of neglecting dental care can be huge in the long run. Dentistry is one field of medicine where if you invest money in the present you can actually end up spending much, much less in the long run.

Dr. David J. Rudolph, D.D.S., M.S., Ph. D
Specializing in Orthodontics and TMJ Therapy
Phone: 1 (818) 718-1737

TMJ dysfunction is often a dislocation of the jaw joint. One sign is that you can hear or feel a clicking as the jaw joint dislocates out and back into place. Sometimes there is no clicking as it is completely dislocated. The patient may go through life with headaches, jaw or muscle pain. This can lead to lock jaw where the patient cannot eat and may require surgery. Unfortunately we cannot predict which patient will develop lock jaw. So the patient is taking a risk if they leave TMJ untreated. The patient may also clench or grind the teeth at night. This could lead to excessive wearing, weakening or broken teeth. This can lead to the complete destruction of the crown of the tooth. The result could be a full mouth reconstruction of all the teeth. Which could cost the patient $50,000 or more? Symptoms associated with TMJ disorders may be:

*  Biting , chewing difficulty or discomfort

* Clicking, popping, or grating sound when opening or closing the mouth

*  Dull, aching pain in the face

*  Earache (particularly in the morning)

* Headache(particularly in the morning)

*  Migraine (particularly in the morning)

*  Jaw pain or tenderness of the jaw

*  Reduced ability to open or close the mouth

Dr. David J. Rudolph, D.D.S., M.S., Ph. D,
Specializing in Orthodontics and TMJ Therapy
Phone: (818) 718- 1737



    Dr. David J. Rudolph, D.D.S., M.S. Ph.D

    Specializing in Orthodontics and TMJ for over 20 years.

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    May 2011
    April 2011


    Jaw Pain
    Orthodontic Treatment
    Teeth Straightning