Clifford Chow, DDS
Clifford A. Chow, DDS, Sacramento, CA limits his practice to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders and orofacial pain. His specialty practice has been devoted to treating patients emphasizing a patient-centered approach and utilizing conservative, scientific evidence-based therapies. He is a Diplomate with the American Board of Orofacial Pain and also is Board Certified in Orofacial Pain.
serving the sacramento, Ca area
Our office is located at 1520 West El Camino Avenue, Sacramento, CA. We serve the entire Sacramento area and surrounding areas. Call us at 916-921-6051.
The jaw joint is often referred to as the temporomandibular joint or the TMJ. In general, a person may have a temporomandibular disorder if there is pain in the area of the jaw or pain when using the jaw. Temporomandbular disorders may include pain the the jaw joint itself or pain in the jaw muscles.
If you have pain in the oral or facial area that is difficult for your dentist or medical doctor to explain, it is possible that you have an orofacial pain that is not related to a tooth. The scope of orofacial pain has been changing and includes a wide range of problems occurring in the orofacial area. This may include oral neuropathic pains (nerve pains), musculoskeletal pains, headaches, burning mouth syndromes, facial pain-related neck disorders or sleep disorders. A temporomandibular disorder is a musculoskeletal disorder that is also an orofacial pain. Many of the problems may overlap one another.
your initial examination
Temporomandibular disorders and orofacial pain disorders are typically very complex and difficult to diagnose. Because of this, Dr. Chow will spend a significant amount of time discussing the history of your particular problem and performing a comprehensive examination. One of Dr. Chow’s goals at the initial examination is to listen carefully to you and try to understand the complexities of your individual pain experience. His initial examination time will be approximately 90 minutes. During this time he will be able to discuss the likely diagnosis and various treatment options available to you. You will also be able to ask any questions and discuss any aspect of the problem.