TMJ Treatment & Pain Relief

Relief for Jaw Popping and Jaw Pain in Newport Beach

Here at Newport Beach Dental, we are concerned about your health well beyond that of just your individual teeth. The Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) is the connection between your skull and your jaw, which allows your lower jaw to move both side to side and up and down. When this joint and the surrounding muscle are not in alignment it can cause severe discomfort, headaches, locking of the jaw and difficulty chewing. If you are experiencing excessive jaw popping, jaw pain or unexplained headaches, Dr. Alder can perform a thorough exam to determine if a TMJ disorder may be the cause. Setting up an appointment is easy with our online contact form or you can give us a call (949) 642-2300.

Hallelujah! My Headaches Are Gone!

“I have had severe headaches for the last year and have been through several doctors who were unable to explain them. I was spending so much time going to doctor after doctor and was sharing this frustration with my hygienist, Tara, during my regular cleaning when she said that Dr. Alder could examine me for a TMJ disorder. Who thinks their jaw could be causing headaches? Anyway, she was right! When Dr. Alder examined me, I had in fact developed the condition. I was given exercises to loosen my jaw, a bite adjustment to shift how my teeth were coming together and a night guard to stop the teeth grinding at night that had recently begun. The headaches are gone and I am SO Grateful! ”

Judith L.
Newport Beach , CA

TMJ Disorder Symptoms Can Be A Real Pain

If you find yourself experiencing one or more of the following symptoms you may benefit from TMJ treatment in Newport Beach . You may be experiencing pain or tenderness around the site of the TMJ as well as in your face, neck and/or shoulders. Pay close attention to whether you hear sounds of grating or popping when moving your mouth. If you have an inability to fully open your mouth or your jaw “locks” in either an open or closed position, this can be a clear indication of a TMJ disorder.

Tackling the Causes of TMJ Disorders

TMJ disorders can be caused by misaligned teeth, certain types of arthritis, injury or even stress. We all have certain stress factors in our lives, however, for some, stress can mean a clenching of the jaw muscles and teeth grinding at night. It is very possible that you can begin grinding your teeth at night without even realizing it. If you have developed this habit a Newport Beach dentist like Dr. Alder can clinically diagnose this condition based on the wear visible on the surfaces your teeth. Whiplash or a facial injury can also cause those injured to develop TMJ disorders. Occlusion, or manner in which the upper and lower teeth come together when the mouth is closed, also plays a very large factor in many TMJ disorders.

Expert Diagnoses for TMJ Disorders

When you visit Newport Beach Dental for a TMJ exam our team is there for you every step of the way. The first order of business is a visual exam of the motion of your jaw as you open and close your mouth and move your jaw from side to side. Dr. Alder will also need to get a good look at the joint itself to check for problems or abnormalities. In most cases, this can be accomplished with a panoramic x-ray, which will give us a view of the severity of the TMJ as well as the alignment of your teeth. In extreme cases an MRI or CT scan can provide more detail about the condition of the tissue in the joint and the bone density in the affected areas. No matter the process for your diagnoses, our team is here to expertly guide you, make scheduling easy and help you coordinate your insurance benefits.

Get Help with your Stress-Related TMJ Jaw Pain from a Newport Beach Dentist

The methods for relieving stress related TMJ jaw pain are varied. Here at Newport Beach Dental, we will work with you to find the combination that brings you sweet relief. We can provide a night guard to prevent you from grinding your teeth at night, or a splint for full time use. Both night guards and splints reduce your ability to clench your jaw by keeping your teeth from touching. They also reduce stress on your TMJ by assuring that your jaw is aligned in the proper position. Physical therapy, relaxation techniques, or massage from a qualified therapist may also provide relief from stress-related jaw pain. Some patients also find stress-relieving medications, like anti-anxiety pills or muscle relaxants, helpful.

We’re Here To Help You!

If you think you may be experiencing a TMJ disorder, contact us today at (949) 642-2300.