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New Patients: (760) 576-2779
Current Patients: (760) 576-2269
1293 Carlsbad Village Drive Carlsbad, CA 92008 | Directions

Understanding Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis, And Treatment For TMJ Disorder In Carlsbad, Ca

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Do you have limited oral mobility that causes discomfort and keeps you from enjoying foods you love? Do you suffer chronic headaches or neck and back problems? Do you have popping or clicking in one or both of your TemporoMandibular joint(s)? You could have a TMJ disorder. Dr. Al A. Fallah helps patients in the Carlsbad, CA area find relief with accurate diagnosis and holistic treatment options.


While jaw pain and clicking and popping noises are common symptoms, they are not the only signs of temporomandibular joint disorder. These joints that hinge the lower jawbone (mandible) to the skull have a tremendous impact on comfort from head to toe, and on overall wellness.

Each TMJ relies on a delicate balance of boney structures, muscles, nerves, connective tissues, and a shock-absorbing disc to provide the full range of motion necessary to support many vital functions. Any imbalance places strain on the joint, triggering an inflammatory response. Inflammation is an immune system reaction to tissue damage. Damaged cells release chemicals that cause blood vessels to leak their content into soft tissues. The resulting swelling helps to isolate and cushion injured tissues as they heal. An inflammatory response, however, causes discomfort as swelling in jaw joints pinches trigeminal nerves.

The CN V (fifth cranial nerve or trigeminal nerve) allows the motor and sensory functions of the mouth necessary for biting, chewing, speech, facial expressions, and much more. It also controls sensations in the face. So, when this nerve cluster is impaired, you may experience aching pain in the face and ear noises or earache.

Trigeminal ganglion enters the brainstem at the back of the neck, with motor fibers extending into peripheral muscles. Thus, TMJ symptoms may include pain or stiffness in the neck, shoulder, and back. While there is still much to be learned about chronic headaches and migraines, the tension in the jaw and neck is a strong contributing factor.

Referred pain occurs when a problem in one part of the body triggers discomfort in another area. TMD alters the way you chew and hold your head. These postural changes throw the body out of balance like dominoes, as muscles and joints try to compensate. The adaptation may result in problems with your hips, knees, ankles, or feet.

What causes TMD? The short answer is anything that strains jaw joints. This could include:

  • Bruxism excessive, chronic clenching and grinding of teeth.
  • Crooked teeth.
  • Damage to joint cartilage from rheumatoid or osteoarthritis.
  • Diseases that degenerate connective tissue.
  • Displacement of the articulating disc.
  • Erosion of the articulating disc.
  • Genetic predisposition to a sensitive stress or pain response.
  • Hereditary malformation of facial bones.
  • Impact to the face or jaw, such as from a fall, sports injury, or automobile accident.
  • Lifestyle habits including gum chewing or phone cradling.
  • Misaligned bite.
  • Poor posture (this can be a cause or an effect).
  • Poorly-fitted orthodontics or sleep apnea split.
  • Stress and anxiety.


what is neuromuscular dentistry and what are the benefits of it

Dr. Fallah takes compassion and advanced technique to the next level with neuromuscular dentistry, use of T Scan, Cranio Mandibular balancing, improving the airway, and much more. The goal is to correct misalignment of the jaw for a balanced bite, improving the Cranio Cervical Balance, combined with gentle therapies for healing and pain management.

The doctor uses advanced technologies to first determine the ideal resting position of the jaw. This includes CBCT scanning for a three-dimensional look at TMJs and provides a three-dimensional view of the airway. Electromyography records muscle activity in the jaw during movement. Kinesiographic jaw tracking records mandibular movement in three dimensions. T Scan provides a precise measurement of bite imbalances. The doctor combines these hi-tech diagnostics with a grass-roots observation of your overall posture and oral range of motion.

Then, this information is transformed into a treatment approach utterly unique to you and your mouth. It may be as simple as adjusting the fit of dental restorations or involve injections of platelet-rich fibrin to regenerate cartilage. Orthodontics could be necessary to realign the bite. Non-invasive, drug-free biomodulation therapy relieves discomfort and promotes deep tissue healing. In many cases, wearing an oral appliance at night is beneficial. Dr. Fallah also works closely with your medical providers for integrated care.

You will find a wealth of information and compassionate treatment options for TMJ disorder in the care of Dr. Fallah. Call his Carlsbad, CA office at (760) 576-2779 to schedule a consultation.

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Dr. Fallah is an exceptional dentist who treats patients in Carlsbad, San Diego, and beyond with consummate expertise. He provides holistic care with compassion and excellence. Due to Dr. Fallah’s extensive education, experience and skill, he can offer his patients many options and choices in the care they receive. Dr. Fallah believes in co-creating the optimal treatment options together with his patients to suit their unique requirements.

Some of his many achievements:
  • Graduate of UCLA Dental School 1987 (scored in top 6 percent of the national boards)
  • Master of International College of Craniomandibular Orthopedics
  • Accredited by the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology
  • Certified by the International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine
  • Has extensive experience and training in the use of the Zirconia Dental Implants, especially the Swiss Dental Solutions (SDS) and the Z system
  • Extensive experience in biological oral surgery using Ozone and PRF
  • Graduate of the prestigious residency program in Contemporary Esthetic Dentistry
  • Graduate of Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies
  • Licensed in IV and oral conscious sedation
  • Certified Provider of DNA, mRNA, and other sleep and TMD appliances
  • Certified Invisalign provider
  • Extensive training in neuromuscular orthodontics
  • Founding member of the American Academy of Ozonotherapy

Dr. Fallah is renowned for providing advanced, cosmetic, and restorative treatments while safeguarding their health with holistic and biological principles. We welcome you to call Dr. Fallah’s office today to experience exceptional dental care!