TMJ (Tempro-Mandibular Joint Dysfunction)

TMJ Pain Relief

Your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is responsible for a range of functions, including chewing, speaking, and smiling. A small disc of cartilage within the TMJ facilitates smooth, natural jaw movements, and supports your bite. If this joint or the functional cartilage is damaged, it can result in pain and stiffness upon opening your mouth.

Dr. Matthew S. Thunberg and Steven J. Kend are both experienced and qualified to treat TMJ dysfunction (TMD). They are committed to alleviating your pain and restoring health to your jaw so that you can talk, eat, and otherwise function normally.

Symptoms and Causes of Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMD/TMJ)

  • Facial pain
  • Earaches
  • Headaches
  • Sore Jaw
  • Clicking Noises in the Jaw
  • Headaches and Neck Aches

The temporomandibular joint is flexible but a disturbance can result in a variety of mobility issues. While many of these symptoms can be caused by other conditions, together they are highly indicative of TMD.

Common causes of TMD include:

  • Trauma to the Face or Head
  • Bruxism (clenching and grinding of teeth)
  • Misalignment of the Bite or Jaw
  • Missing or Worn Down Teeth
  • Arthritis

It’s important to your oral health and daily wellbeing to obtain treatment, as the symptoms often become chronic.

What is Involved in Treating TMJ Disorder?

When you come to our Torrance dental office for TMJ symptoms, Dr. Thunberg or Dr. Kend will thoroughly review your medical history, evaluate the symptoms and discuss possible causes with you. Your teeth are then examined to determine the overall condition of your dental health, jaw movement, and tenderness. Depending on your specific symptoms, Our dentists also look for patterns of wear that may indicate teeth grinding,

The most likely course of action is the use of an occlusal guard. This custom-made mouthguard prevents teeth grinding and clenching and allows the joint and surrounding muscles to rest. Also, if teeth are worn, Dr. Thunberg can help you regain function, relieve symptoms, and improve the look of your smile with restorative treatments.

Our dentists take a detailed impression of your teeth to send to our trusted local lab where your unique mouth guard is crafted. In about a week your occlusal guard will be ready, and you will receive instructions on its proper wearing guidelines. By preventing teeth grinding and clenching, the temporomandibular joint can rest, allowing the surrounding muscles to heal.

Call Us Today for more Information about Effective TMJ Relief in Torrance!

Our dental office provides TMJ disorder treatment utilizing custom guards and restorative procedures. If you have questions about TMJ, we have the answers.