Your jaw and the area surrounding it is a complex, interconnected network of muscles, ligaments, tendons, bones and nerves. It’s like a highway system where impulses, especially pain, travel rapidly from one point to another. If you’re experiencing jaw pain, our well-trained TMJ dentist can treat the underlying condition and relieve your symptoms.

If you live in or around Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades or Brentwood, TMJ dentist Dr. Ana Brightleaf is available to help with your jaw pain.

Neuromuscular dentistry is a field of dentistry that specializes in treating the muscles, nerves and bones of the jaw region.

Using our advanced technology and her extensive training as a TMJ dentist, Dr. Brightleaf will evaluate your condition, explore its causes, map out the bite and jaw alignment that will address your pain and plan a course of treatment that will produce this alignment.

While jaw pain can have many causes, the most common is temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ/TMD. This condition develops when a misaligned jaw or bite irritates the temporomandibular joint, which you can feel by placing your fingers in front of your ears and opening and closing your mouth.

As an experienced TMJ dentist, Dr. Ana Brightleaf has seen how problems in the jaw can cascade throughout the body, causing:

  • Headaches
  • Shoulder pain
  • Sleep loss

Dr. Brightleaf can help alleviate these TMJ symptoms.

If you’re a resident of Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades or Brentwood, California and you need a TMJ dentist, please contact Brightleaf Cosmetic and Holistic Dentistry today.