TMJ/TMD Treatment

TMJ/TMD Treatment in El Paso, TX

At 915 Smile Studio, we understand that a healthy smile encompasses more than just your teeth. That’s why we offer comprehensive care, including specialized treatments for TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) disorders. If you’re experiencing jaw pain, clicking sounds, or difficulty opening and closing your mouth, we’re here to help. Our dental team is dedicated to providing personalized and effective solutions to alleviate your TMJ/TMD symptoms, allowing you to enjoy a pain-free and functional jaw.

What is TMJ/TMD?

TMJ refers to the temporomandibular joint, which connects your jawbone to your skull. TMJ disorder, also known as TMD, is a condition characterized by dysfunction or pain in this joint and the surrounding muscles. This pain can affect your daily well-being, from speech and eating to healthy, restful sleep.

The exact causes of TMJ/TMD can vary, including factors such as jaw misalignment, teeth grinding, stress, physical trauma, or arthritis. When you’re visiting our team, we’ll observe your range of motion and feel around your jaw joint to diagnose the cause of your TMJ disorder. Treatment will always be personalized to meet your needs and budget while we help relieve you of TMJ pain and get your jaw back to a healthy state.

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Symptoms of TMJ Disorder

  • Jaw pain or soreness
  • Clicking or popping in the jaw when opening and closing your mouth
  • Less range of motion in the jaw
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Earaches without an infection
  • Tooth pain
  • Pain in the neck or shoulders
  • Headaches

TMJ Disorder Treatments

At 915 Smile Studio, we offer a variety of effective treatments to address TMJ disorders and provide relief from your symptoms. Dr. Le and her team will conduct a comprehensive evaluation to determine the best course of action for your specific needs.

When misalignment is causing excess stress on the jaw joint, orthodontic solutions may be recommended. Orthodontics tools, such as braces or Invisalign®, help create a balanced bite for jaw pain relief. For some patients, physical therapy and targeted jaw exercises are useful to strengthen the jaw and facial muscles against stress from TMJ disorder. For patients with severe TMJ disorder pain, injections like Botox® allow the facial muscles to relax to alleviate pain. Patients who suffer from teeth clenching or grinding will benefit most from custom-fitted dental mouthguards. No matter the cause of your TMJ pain, our team will support you toward finding a solution that meets your needs and gives you your healthy jaw back.

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Nighttime teeth grinding and jaw clenching (bruxism) is a common issue that creates more hassle than just a rough night’s sleep. The constant stress on the jaw can cause head and earaches that last long into the day and contribute to chronic TMJ problems. Chronic teeth grinding also wears down teeth over time, leaving you at a higher risk of tooth decay and requiring restorative treatments. For these patients, we offer custom-fitted dental nightguards. These are sleep mouth guards that provide a thin protective barrier between the teeth while you sleep. Unlike ready-made nightguards found in the store, dental nightguards are designed to fit your unique bite pattern for better breathing and comfort. They’ll effectively prevent clenching and grinding teeth while giving you the peaceful night’s sleep you deserve.

Get Jaw Relief From Jaw and TMJ Pain Today

Don’t let TMJ/TMD symptoms control your life. Take the first step towards relief by scheduling a consultation with our experienced dental team at 915 Smile Studio. We will thoroughly evaluate your condition and develop a personalized treatment plan to address your unique needs. Regain your comfort, functionality, and peace of mind by contacting us today. Together, we’ll help you smile with confidence once again.