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Degenerative Joint Disease


Degenerative Joint Disease

Facial pain can have a variety of causes, and one of the less commonly known but equally debilitating conditions is Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD). In the heart of Los Angeles, Dr. Bruce Vafa DDS. MSc., a highly qualified expert in treating facial pain and TMJ disorders, offers comprehensive care to those suffering from DJD.

Understanding Degenerative Joint Disease

Degenerative Joint Disease, also known as osteoarthritis, is a progressive disorder affecting the joints. In the context of facial pain, it usually refers to the degeneration of the temporomandibular joints, which connect the jawbone to the skull. DJD occurs when the cartilage that cushions the joints starts to break down over time, leading to painful bone-on-bone contact.

Symptoms of Degenerative Joint Disease

Common symptoms of DJD affecting the temporomandibular joints include:

  • Persistent facial pain, especially around the jaw area
  • Difficulty and discomfort while opening the mouth or chewing
  • A grating sensation or noise when opening or closing the mouth
  • Reduced range of motion in the jaw
  • Swelling around the joint

These symptoms can significantly impact daily life, making activities like eating, speaking, and even laughing uncomfortable.

Meet Dr. Bruce Vafa

Los Angeles’ Expert in Facial Pain – Dr. Bruce Vafa DDS. MSc.

Dr. Bruce Vafa specializes in holistic care, offering lasting relief without medication or surgery. Experience personalized treatment for a pain-free life.

For those living in Los Angeles and dealing with facial pain due to Degenerative Joint Disease, Dr. Bruce Vafa provides expert care rooted in extensive experience and specialized training in facial pain and TMJ disorders. He takes a comprehensive approach to diagnose and treat DJD, using advanced diagnostic tools and personalized treatment plans to alleviate pain and restore normal jaw function.

His commitment to continuous education ensures that he stays on the cutting edge of advancements in DJD treatment, providing his patients with the most effective and up-to-date care possible. Beyond managing symptoms, Dr. Vafa seeks to address the root cause of the disease, offering patients in Los Angeles a path to lasting relief from facial pain.

If you’re experiencing persistent facial pain in Los Angeles and believe it could be due to Degenerative Joint Disease, don’t hesitate to reach out to Dr. Vafa. With his vast expertise, empathetic care, and comprehensive approach to treatment, you can embark on a journey towards a pain-free life.

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Dr. Bruce Vafa has been a true lifesaver for me. Suffering from debilitating TMJ pain for years, I had tried countless treatments with little success until I found Dr. Vafa at the Southern California Institute of Oral Pain and Sleep Apnea. With his expertise and compassionate care, he crafted a personalized treatment plan that targeted the root cause of my TMJ pain. Under his guidance, I experienced remarkable progress, and now I live a pain-free life. Dr. Vafa is a remarkable TMJ specialist, and I highly recommend him to anyone seeking lasting relief.

Arman P.

Dr. Bruce Vafa is truly the best! I was suffering from sleep apnea, feeling exhausted and low on energy every day. Thanks to Dr. Vafa’s expertise and care at the Southern California Institute of Oral Pain and Sleep Apnea, my life has completely turned around. Now, I wake up refreshed, happier, and full of energy. Dr. Vafa is an exceptional sleep apnea specialist who has made a profound difference in my quality of life. I cannot thank him enough.

Mary F.

Dr. Bruce Vafa is a true miracle worker! I had been suffering from oral pain for a long time, and my previous dentist couldn’t provide answers. Thankfully, I found Dr. Vafa at the Southern California Institute of Oral Pain and Sleep Apnea. With his expertise, he accurately diagnosed and treated me, relieving my pain and restoring my smile. Dr. Vafa is simply amazing!

Ben J.

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