TMJ Specialist

Edward L. Loev, DMD -  - Dentist

Edward L. Loev, DMD

Dentist located in Union Square, San Francisco, CA

From his office in San Francisco, CA, Dr. Loev provides advanced treatments to help patients with who suffer from sore jaws, headaches and sinus type pain related to bruxism. He offers a variety of therapies and appliances to provide relief to those patients.

TMJ

What are the symptoms associated with Bruxism?

People with nighttime grinding habits may wear away their tooth enamel ten times faster than those without abusive chewing habits. Eventually, your teeth may be worn down and destroyed. In addition to relieving head, neck, jaw joint and shoulder pains, treating bruxism and clenching is cost effective compared to ignoring the condition and exposing teeth to continued grinding. Without treatment, crowns (caps), bridges, implants, and dentures are often needed to repair or replace worn and damaged teeth.

Some of the symptoms usually associated with teeth grinding or bruxism include:

- Teeth clenching

- Worn down, flattened or chipped teeth or tooth enamel

- Increased tooth sensitivity

- Earache, jaw pain, morning headaches, facial pain, sinus pain

How is bruxism treated?

Treatment for bruxism can include the use of medications to relieve pain and inflammation, often combined with therapy to relax and realign the jaw. Mouth guards and night guards can be especially effective in bruxism treatment, helping to cushion the jaw so the strain on the TMJ joint is relieved, and inflammation can resolve over time. Guards can also help protect teeth from the damage caused by persistent clenching and grinding.

Some of the symptoms usually associated with teeth grinding or bruxism include:

  • Teeth clenching
  • Worn down, flattened or chipped teeth or tooth enamel
  • Increased tooth sensitivity
  • Ear ache, jaw pain, morning headaches, facial pain

What are night guards?

Dental guards are often referred to as appliances and are prescribed to help patients reduce the damage caused by the nighttime grinding often associated with TMJ. The appliance should help to reduce muscle spasm, clenching habits, jaw pain, teeth wear and cracked teeth.

Insurance Accepted

This is a short-list of just some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed. We accept any non-HMO dental insurance that allows patients to choose their own dentist.

Assurant Employee Benefits
Cigna DPPO
Delta Dental
Guardian
MetLife Dental