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TMJ services offered in Torrance , CA

If you experience jaw pain, headaches, or difficulty chewing you might have a temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). At Select Dental & Orthodontics in Torrance, California, the expert team of TMJ specialists offers various treatments for TMJ, including Botox® injections, custom oral appliances, and lifestyle counseling. Call or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about TMJ. 

What is TMJ?

TMJ is an abbreviation for temporomandibular joint. You have two TMJ joints. They’re on either side of your head, beneath your ears, and connect your jawbone to your skull.

TMJ disorders occur when one or both of your temporomandibular joints become irritated or inflamed because of trauma or general wear-and-tear. Fortunately, there are various treatments that can relieve symptoms and help you feel better.

What are the symptoms of TMJ?

The symptoms of TMJ include:

  • Jaw pain or tenderness
  • Pain in or around your ear
  • Difficulty chewing or biting
  • Aching facial pain

As the condition worsens, you might also notice that your jaw clicks or pops whenever you open or close your mouth.

Who is at risk of TMJ?

Anyone can develop TMJ, but several factors may increase your risk, including arthritis, jaw trauma, or grinding your teeth. You’re also more likely to have TMJ if you have a connective tissue disease that affects how your temporomandibular joints function.

When should I see a dentist about TMJ?

Consider making an appointment with the team at Select Dental & Orthodontics if you have persistent pain or tenderness in your jaw and it doesn’t improve with at-home treatments, like applying ice or taking over-the-counter (OTC) pain medicine. 

How is TMJ diagnosed?

To diagnose TMJ, the team reviews your dental records, asks about your symptoms, and takes a series of digital X-rays. Then, they complete an oral exam. During the exam, the team may ask you to open and close your mouth. They listen to your jaw, observe your jaw’s range of motion, and press on your cheek to identify sensitive areas.

After determining the location and severity of your condition, the team makes treatment recommendations.

How is TMJ treated?

Treatment of TMJ depends on various factors, including your age, oral health history, and the severity of your symptoms. The team at Select Dental & Orthodontics recommends minimally invasive treatments whenever possible, including:

  • Taking pain relievers or anti-inflammatories
  • Taking prescription muscle relaxants
  • Botox® injections
  • Oral splints or custom mouthguards (E-appliances)

If your symptoms persist or worsen, surgery might be necessary. If necessary, the team can develop an operative approach.

Call Select Dental & Orthodontics today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about TMJ treatments.

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