TMJ Treatment Palmdale & Lancaster, CA

TMJ Treatment An Overview

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects the jaw bone to the skull. This joint posse the ability to move in different directions, allowing you to speak and chew comfortably and without pain. However, when the TMJ is damaged, patients can experience painful, uncomfortable symptoms that may interfere with their daily lives.

A damaged or misaligned TMJ can lead to Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD). There is no singular direct cause for TMD, but there are a variety of factors that may contribute to the development of TMD. For instance, patients who grind or clench their teeth may develop TMD because they are putting stress on their TMJ. Over time, teeth clenching and grinding can lead to a damaged TMJ, which may cause patients to experience jaw pain and other complications associated with TMD.

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Signs of TMJ Disorder

The signs and symptoms of TMJ disorder may differ from patient to patient. Most patients don’t realize that their symptoms may be a sign of a complex dental concern. However, if you are experiencing these symptoms, we recommend you visit our office for an evaluation. We can work with you to address your needs and build a personalized TMJ treatment plan.

  • Reoccurring headaches
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Pain in the jaw
  • Worn teeth
  • Cracked or fractured teeth
  • Teeth grinding and jaw clenching
  • Ear pain
  • Feelings of tension in the face, neck, shoulders, and upper back

What Causes TMJ Disorder?

As mentioned, there is no singular cause for TMJ disorder, but there are factors that can contribute to its development. Factors like genetics, teeth grinding, teeth clenching, hormones, or trauma may contribute to TMJ disorder.

TMJ Treatment What to Expect


With TMJ treatment we focus on alleviating your symptoms and restoring full function to the TMJ. We also seek to repair any damage caused by TMD.

Depending on the needs of the patient, we may recommend one or more these TMJ treatment options.

  • Mouthguards/ Nightguards: A custom fit mouthguard or nightguard can help prevent teeth grinding and clenching.
  • Restorative Dentistry: If your teeth have sustained damage such as chips, fractures, worn surfaces, we offer a full range of restorative dentistry treatment to restore your smile.
  • Orthodontics: crooked or misaligned teeth can contribute to TMJ disorder. Orthodontics is a great way to realign crooked teeth. We offer a full range of orthodontics for patients of all ages. Our team can work with you to determine what type of orthodontic best suits your needs.

Why choose Smile Dental Group?

Smile Dental Group offers leading dental care for children and adults in the Antelope Valley. Our three office locations in Palmdale and Lancaster CA provide experienced, comprehensive care for all of your oral health needs.

We use advanced technology to address complex concerns related to the function, comfort, and beauty of your smile. From Digital Smile Design to complete care for all types of dental implants, we are your local dental home for the lifelong maintenance of a healthy smile.