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TMJ Treatment Specialist

Ramona Dental Group

Dentistry located in Ramona, CA

If jaw pain associated with temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder is severe or long-lasting, you don’t have to live with the discomfort. The experienced dental team at Ramona Dental Group in Ramona, California, offers numerous TMJ treatments to relieve pain and restore your quality of life. Schedule an appointment with Ramona Dental Group over the phone or online to find out if TMJ treatment is right for you.

TMJ Treatment Q&A

What is TMJ?

TMJ, or the temporomandibular joint, connects your skull to your jaw bone. It helps you move your jaw and open and close your mouth. TMJ disorders can cause problems with the way your jaw functions and contribute to discomfort. TMJ treatments offer you symptom relief.

What are the symptoms of TMJ disorders?

If you experience the following signs or symptoms, TMJ disorders might be to blame:

  • Pain in one or both jaw joints
  • Jaw tenderness
  • Pain with chewing
  • Aching pain in your ear or face
  • Locking in your jaw joint
  • Popping sounds when you open and close your mouth

TMJ discomfort might subside on its own or linger long-term. If your symptoms are severe or long-lasting, see the experts at Ramona Dental Group for an evaluation.

What causes TMJ pain?

If you experience TMJ pain it might be due to:

  • Disc problems
  • Cartilage damage
  • Arthritis
  • An injury
  • Teeth grinding
  • Connective tissue diseases

Sometimes the cause of TMJ pain isn’t known. Regardless of its cause, the experts at Ramona Dental Group can offer you relief.

Is TMJ treatment right for me?

To determine if TMJ treatment is for you, your dentist reviews your symptoms and dental history. They complete a dental exam, ask you to open and close your mouth, and use dental X-rays to diagnose your condition and develop a personalized treatment plan.

Which TMJ treatments are available?

Your dentist reviews TMJ treatment options with you to find one that matches your needs. They might recommend:

Lifestyle changes

To reduce discomfort associated with TMJ pain, avoid chewing gum and manage stress to reduce teeth grinding. Heat or ice treatments can help too.

Physical therapy

Performing jaw strengthening and flexibility exercises regularly can enhance joint function and alleviate TMJ symptoms.

Medications

Taking certain medications can reduce inflammation or relax muscles to ease TMJ pain.

Injections

Steroid and other injections help reduce inflammation to relieve TMJ discomfort.

Night guards

Wearing a custom-fit night guard helps prevent teeth grinding while you sleep to alleviate jaw pain.

Surgery

In severe cases of TMJ, surgery might be the best way to restore jaw joint function. Your Ramona Dental Group provider lets you know if you’re a good candidate for TMJ surgery. 

Don’t live with TMJ pain if it’s debilitating. Schedule an appointment with Ramona Dental Group over the phone or online to find out which TMJ treatment is right for you.