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TMJ – Temporomandibular joint disorder Palos Verdes

TMJ Treatment

If you have a painful clicking or popping in the jaw, stiff jaw muscles, pain that travels through the face, jaw or neck or a limited movement or locking of the jaw… you may have TMJ. Here at Total Smile Care, located in Rancho Palos Verdes, Dr. Palani can treat your TMJ and bring you the pain relief that you need.

What is TMJ?

TMJ TreatmentTMJ is a disorder of the jaw. The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects your jaw to the side of your head. When it works as it is supposed to, it enables you to talk, yawn and chew. But if the joint is not properly aligned, TMJ can occur.

TMJ can cause a ‘popping sound’ when opening and closing your mouth, jaw pain myofacial pain, chronic headaches and even tooth sensitivity. TMJ is most common with people who grind their teeth.

TMJ Symptoms, Treatment and Relief

For people with TMJ dysfunction, problems with the joint and muscles around it may cause:

  • Painful clicking or popping in the jaw
  • Stiff jaw muscles
  • Pain that travels through the face, jaw or neck
  • A change in the way the upper and lower teeth fit together
  • Limited movement or locking of the jaw

It is possible for jaw pain to go away with little or no treatment. Treatment can include simple things you can do yourself. Things like applying ice packs or eating soft foods.

Professional care for TMJ symptoms

For TMJ pain that is not relieved by these simple treatments, Dr. Palani will devise a treatment plan just for you. He will x-ray your jaw to diagnose the exact cause of the pain. He treats TMJ with a specially created mouth guard to keep your jaw in alignment and prevent the return of TMJ symptoms.

TMJ Treatment

The simple NTI mouth guard prevents the teeth clenching and grinding that causes headaches and other symptoms.

Should that not be sufficient, he can also fit you for a customized NTI appliance. The NTI appliance is a small transparent plastic device similar to a mouth guard that is worn over the two front teeth at night. It prevents the contact of the canines and molars thus preventing teeth grinding. It also prevents teeth clenching by triggering relaxation of the muscles.

To make an appointment, call 424.287.4544 or click here to request an appointment online.