TMJ Treatment Specialist

Golden Valley Smiles

Dentistry located in Fresno, CA & Clovis, CA

Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ) affect about 10 million Americans yearly and can be painful and debilitating if left untreated. If jaw pain associated with TMJ feels uncomfortable, experienced dentist Kaveh Karimi, DDS, and the team offer simple solutions for relief at Golden Valley Smiles in Fresno and Clovis, California. Schedule an appointment with Golden Valley Smiles over the phone or online to learn more about TMJ treatment options.

TMJ Treatment Q & A

What is TMJ?

TMJ disorders involve dysfunction with the way your jaw joint functions. For example, your jaw might click, pop, or be painful when you open and close your mouth. 

If you have TMJ pain, simple TMJ treatment options are available at Golden Valley Smiles to relieve discomfort and restore your quality of life.

What are the symptoms of TMJ disorders?

The following signs or symptoms can indicate TMJ:

  • Popping or clicking sounds in your jaw
  • Congestion or clogged ears
  • Chronic headaches
  • Jaw joint locking
  • Jaw pain or tenderness
  • Aching around the ear
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Pain with chewing
  • Aching facial pain

Sometimes TMJ pain subsides on its own, but if it’s long-lasting or severe, see the dental experts at Golden Valley Smiles for an evaluation.

What causes TMJ disorders?

The cause of TMJ disorders isn’t always entirely clear. They can result from arthritis, disc problems, a blow to your jaw, or other trauma. Additional risk factors for TMJ disorders include grinding, clenching, and connective tissue diseases.

How is TMJ diagnosed?

Your dentist can diagnose TMJ by reviewing your symptoms and examining your jaw. They might ask you to open and close your mouth and press on certain areas to evaluate your pain. 

Your dentist can use dental X-rays or state-of-the-art jaw tracking systems to make a final diagnosis and develop a TMJ treatment plan that’s right for you.

How is TMJ treated?

Your personalized TMJ treatment at Golden Valley Smiles is based on the severity of your condition. Your dentist might recommend:

At-home treatments

Simple at-home treatments can relieve mild TMJ pain. Examples include taking anti-inflammatory medicines and using a hot or cold compress.

Orthotics

An orthotic is a special device you can wear on your teeth during the day and at night. It helps reposition and correct your jaw. To ensure the best fit, your dentist uses advanced X-ray technology. You might wear orthotics for 4-6 months or until your symptoms subside. 

Bite splints

Bite splints, or plates, can relieve TMJ symptoms, too. They protect your teeth and move your mandible to a new, less painful position. Your dentist might recommend you wear bite splints at night when you sleep.

Physical therapy

Your dentist shows you which strength and stretching exercises help relieve discomfort associated with TMJ.

Don’t live with jaw pain when simple TMJ treatments are available at Golden Valley Smiles. Schedule an appointment over the phone or online today.