Dr. John Van der Werff

Dentistry
Redding, CA
41 years experience male

Locations

John Van der Werff, DDS

Redding, CA

Address

2315 Bechelli Ln #D, Redding, CA
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My office hours

Thursday: 9:00am - 3:00pm
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Insurances accepted

Medicare

Office

Redding, CA

John Van der Werff, DDS

Chico, CA

About

Bio

Dr. Van der Werff has been a general dentist since 1982 where he practiced all forms of dentistry including non surgical periodontal treatment, extractions, complex restorative dentistry, removable prosthodontics, esthetic dentistry, hospital dentistry, and geriatric dentistry. In 2004 he limited his practice to TMD, orofacial pain, craniofacial pain, and dental sleep medicine. He is a member of the California and American Dental Associations. He achieved Mastership in the Academy of General Dentistry.He is a Fellow in the American Academy of Orofacial Pain, a Distinguished Fellow in the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain, and board certified by the American Board of dental Sleep Medicine. He is also on staff at Resta Sleep Center. I'm sorry I am not able to participate in the online virtual practice consultations.

Specialties
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Dentistry

Pain Management

Doctor Q&A

722 Answers
699 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
Many options: There are many options including heat and cold with stretching, muscle relaxants, message, electrical therapies, trigger point injections, and electri... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
Temporarily: They will not solve the problem but only mask the pain. Seeing a doctor who can diagnose where the pain is coming from and what may e causing it will... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
Good question..: I'm sorry for your loss.... However, I would suggest seeing a headache specialist or neurologist to determine the cause... I don't want to scare you... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
Couple causes: Two known causes include stress and sleep apnea. There is little scientific evidence to support that a poor bite causes tooth gnashing.
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
Yes: Let them evaluate you to see if there is a problem..
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
Depends: Everyone has a dental bite and few people have a problem associated with it. Bites can be corrected with crowns, orthodontics, surgery, bite adjustme... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
A few days: If the pain lasts longer you should contact the dentist that did the root canal. Especially if the pain is not subsiding at all.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
Yes: Wearing a night guard has been known to change the bite, or how the teeth come together. It does not aways happen but there is research indicating it... Read More
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A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
Trained dentist: Although it is not a specialty recognized by the ada, there are dentists who focus their practice on the diagnosis and treatment of tmd. They usually ... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
Consider: Consider seeing an orofacial or craniofacial pain specialist. They may be able to help you by diagnosing where the problem is and offering treatment ... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
Probably both: It sounds like you have a tooth problem and a dentist can be helpful with it. It also sounds like you may have a medical problem also... A physician c... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
See dentist: There is little you can do on your own. See a dentist that can diagnose your problem and offer appropriate treatment. To find a dentist in your area ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
Possible infection: I would suggest you see a dentist for a diagnosis and appropriate treatment. A dentist is the only one who can effectively treat you. Best wishes.
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
TMJ pain: It is sometimes difficult to distinguish ear pain from jaw joint pain. If there is no problem seen by your physician in you ear, i would suggest seein... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
Sleep disorder?: I know this is going to sound obvious but... Either don't sleep over 8 hours or see a sleep specialist for an evaluation. A normal person does not h... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
Sounds like it: You should see a sleep physician for an evaluation and diagnosis before discussing treatment options.
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
Don't know: Be grateful that you sleep well. Maybe a sleep specialist will have a better answer otherwise a talk with your physician or a sleep specialist would ... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
Plastic mouthpiece: A plastic mouthpiece that is worn at night. There are over 100 different designs and they do different things.
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
See physician: The only way i know of to deal with that problem is to work with a sleep physician to diagnose and treat the problem. Unfortunately, you may have to p... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
Gingivitis: Sounds like you might have gingivitis. If it has gone into the bone it could cause tooth loss. A retainer might make it more challenging to keep you... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
Not yet available: The research is there but the practical application is not yet available.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
Many options: 1. Muscle relaxer 2. Botox 3. Cognitive behavior therapy 4. A splint designed to stop bruxing, not all of them do.. Each has it's advantages and d... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
Diagnoses is key: Finding the cause and getting a diagnosis is key to getting effective treatment. Tmj is not a diagnosis but a group of disorders related to the jaw j... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
See doctor.: I am assuming you are still having a problem... I would suggest you go back to the doctor who did the treatment to consider other options.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
Not gone soon: Jaw pain can be from something as simple as a sore muscle to metastatic cancer. I would suggest seeing a dentist who specializes in jaw pain. One can... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
Cost vs benefit: I agree with most of the other answers. You will only be able to get an antibiotic from a licensed professional. Taking an antibiotic for a tooth ab... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
Sleep specialist: A sleep specialist can help you determine if you have a chronic sleep problem or not. A sleep study my be needed to help diagnose your condition.
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A female asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
See physician: I would suggest seeing a physician to determine what is causing your problems and help you find solution.
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A member asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
Yes: Sleep is important and necessary. I assume your being treated by a physician for your liver failure...
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
Anti fungal: This medication is used to treat fungal infections. In dentistry it is used for oral fungal infections called thrush.
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
Statistics: I suspect the numbers may go something like this: of all the lichen planus patients observed in any one year .2% of them are cancer and in a person wh... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
Check with your dent: Check with your dentist. He or she knows your situation best. A simple phone call should give you the answer.
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A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
Other condition: You may have an antifungal med that is not working or you may have one of a number of other conditions. I would suggest going back to your doctor or ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
Need diagnosis: It sounds like you will need some help from a dentist who can diagnose and treat your tmj. Talk with your dentist or see a specialist in orofacial or... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
Probably not: I would see a physician. Get a diagnosis as to what is causing the pain and then consider your treatment options.
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
Maybe: You should see your physician or a sleep specialist for an evaluation. Sleep apnea treatment depends upon the severity of the sleep apnea. It can ca... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
Depends: As the other doctors have commented... It varies from patient to patient. The industry standard appears to be from 2 to 5 years..
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
Maybe: There are some medications that reduce saliva. I would suggest seeing a specialist in oral medicine for an evaluation.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
Neurological disorde: This could be a sign of a neurological disorder or an abnormal amount of stress. I would suggest seeing a sleep specialist for an evaluation if it co... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
Maybe... maybe not: I would suggest you talk with your physician about your symptoms and if indicated be tested.
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
Not enough info: Without more information it is difficult to give an opinion. You may also have both problems. You might consider seeing a specialist in TMJ diagnosis... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
Yes: The key to success with a root canal is to sterilize the canal and keep it sterilized. A rubber dam is very effective at keeping saliva, which is ful... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
Yes: There are many dentists who have the skills to diagnose and treat tmd. Make sure the dentist can diagnose the specific problem and not just start tre... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
Same thing: These usually refer to the same thing. Tmd is the disfunction of the tmj, the jaw joint. They can be multiple contributing factors including trauma,... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
History and exam: Other conditions like a tooth ache, muscle pain, and tumors must be ruled out. Then it is diagnosed with a history, examination, and sometimes local a... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
Get a diagnosis: Many times tmd is self limiting and goes away on its own. If it does persist, see a dentist who can diagnose what is wrong. Tmd is not a diagnosis bu... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
Multiple: There are many medications used and which medication used depends upon the diagnosis. Tmd is not a diagnosis but a group of disorders related to the t... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
Possible infection: I would see a doctor right away. A dentist or ENT physician would be appropriate. The most common cause of head pain is a tooth problem.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 41 years experience
Yes it can: Depending upon the diagnosis it can be effective. Tmd is not a diagnosis but tens can be effective with muscle pain or a diagnosis of myalgia.
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Testimonials
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Thank you notes
Mar 16, 2013
Dr. John Van der Werff is the one to see for Sleep Apnea, Oro\Facial Pain, and TMJ Evaluations and treatment. His knowledge and experience is unmatched, along with his dedication to his patients and...Read More
Feb 6, 2013
I am constantly impressed by the outstanding informative, to the point, common sense, articulate answers given by Dr. Van der Werff. His expertise is evident and his patients are truly lucky to have ...Read More
Oct 1, 2013
Great answers! I love this dentist. I learn from him. Smart, caring, to-the-point answers. A great contributor to Health Tap. Highly recommend.
HealthTap member
Thanks for your quick reply! Care credit is based on your your credit hostory.It is all profit driven.No insurance? Does not matter how sick you are.No medical attentio
HealthTap member
Thanks for your quick reply! I ran out of room. It's not secluded to one tooth, and the muscle itself is not sore. It's a lot of constant pressure nothing helps with.
HealthTap member
This made me feel good. Thanks! Was hoping I wouldn't have to see a dentist ever again (no offence)...but thanks for your advice. Will book my appointment

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

UC San Francisco School of Dentistry, CA
Graduated 1982MD

Residency

Mini Residency

Residency

American Board Dental sleep Medicine
Completed 2007

Awards

Master, Academy of General Denistry
Fellow, American Academy of Orofacial Pain
Distinguished Fellow, American Academy of Craniofacial Pain

Affiliations

American and California Dental Associations
American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine
Northern California Dental Society

Publications

none
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