Dr. Sean Mohtashami, DDS

Management of TMJ Disorders

man-with-tmj-disorder-hoping-that-addressing-the-alignment-of-the-bite-or-reducing-tension-between-the-jaws-provides-relief-in-a-short-period-of-timeThe temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the hinged joint on each side of your mouth, responsible for opening and closing your mouth. When people experiencing painful conditions such as popping, clicking, or muscle fatigue, it is often referred to as a TMJ disorder or TMD.

What Causes TMD?

Although there is no one surefire, one-size-fits-all reason why someone may develop pain in their jaws, a number of different factors can contribute to the condition, including:

  • Chronic bruxism (grinding/clenching of the teeth)
  • Misalignment of the upper and lower teeth
  • Changes in the bite, due to missing teeth or broken restorations
  • Developmental anomalies

Correcting Muscle Pain and Fatigue in the TMJ

TMJ-Disorder-can-be-alleviated-by-creating-a-custom-splint-to-wear-at-night-to-avoid-tension-caused-by-clenching-and-grindingFortunately, surgery is not always necessary to manage or treat TMJ disorders. In most cases, addressing the alignment of the bite or reducing tension between the jaws provides relief within a short period of time. For instance, Dr. Sean Mohtashami may recommend creating a custom splint for you to wear at night, to avoid tension caused by clenching and grinding. Or, we may create a treatment plan to help you replace missing teeth, so that your bite can be distributed evenly and without alteration of your natural jaw movement.

Screening for Irregularities

During your initial examination, Dr. Sean will assess the function of your TMJ and analyze your biting patterns to pinpoint any specific risk factors or conditions that need to be corrected.

Our Action Plan

If you have TMJ disorder and are looking for migraine relief headache or more flexibility to comfortably chew your foods, please call our Newport Beach office today to schedule a complimentary consultation.

Left untreated, TMJ disorder can cause damage to your smile and any existing dental work. Fortunately, earlier care can help to prevent the need for expensive or invasive oral surgeries. As one of the area’s most experienced dentists, Dr. Sean can help to assess a variety of facets that may be at play when it comes to eliminating painful headaches caused by TMJD. Get a free consultation to find out what the next step should be.

If you’re also looking to start fresh and makeover your smile, we are proud to offer quality cosmetic treatments to help you achieve your goal!