TMJ Treatment

TMJ Treatment

At Jenuine Smiles Orthodontics, we strive to help patients achieve beautiful, healthy smiles through convenient orthodontic treatment. We're proud to use braces, Invisalign, and other cutting-edge orthodontic treatments to help patients achieve a beautiful new smile, but orthodontic treatment goes beyond aesthetics. In addition to helping perfect your smile, we can also use orthodontics to treat the pain and discomfort of TMJ.

What Is TMJ?

TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, which is the jaw joint that connects the lower jaw to the skull. While the acronym TMJ technically only stands for the full name of the jaw joint, TMJ is often used interchangeably with TMD: temporomandibular joint disorder. TMD is a broad term that refers to a variety of jaw problems, and symptoms can range from acute pain in the jaw to severe headaches, neck pain, and other problems. 

Symptoms of TMD

TMD is one of the most common oral health problems for adults, with roughly 7 million people currently experiencing TMD and 30% of people experiencing it at some point in life. TMD can cause a variety of symptoms, including:

  • Clicking or popping noises when opening or closing the mouth
  • Inability to fully open the mouth
  • Jaw pain
  • Facial pain
  • Constant or recurring headaches
  • Neck pain
  • Pain or tenderness in the ear or neck when opening the mouth wide

TMD symptoms can vary greatly, and many of these symptoms could also be caused by other conditions. If you experience symptoms like these, you should schedule an appointment with your Walnut Creek orthodontist for a more thorough diagnosis. 

What Causes TMJ Pain?

Causes of TMD can be murky, and we still don't fully understand all causes. That said, there are a variety of conditions and factors that are linked to TMJ, including:

  • Bruxism (chronic teeth grinding, usually at night)
  • Genetics
  • Injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Hormones
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Orthodontic problems

TMD Treatment

We provide comprehensive TMD treatment related to bite issues. Dr. Jen will perform a TMJ screening as a part of a comprehensive orthodontic examination. With symptoms, additional imaging and evaluation may be recommended. Follow-up referrals to a physical therapist that specializes in Jaw joint therapy or additional imaging such as MRI. Some TMD can often be simple over the counter pain management and protection from habits or bite correction that may be contributing. The treatment can also be quite complex requiring multiple specialists such as a physical therapist, restorative dentist and surgeons.

For simpler, milder cases of TMD, we'll often recommend simply managing the pain with over-the-counter painkillers and cold compresses. For more severe cases, we may recommend using a night guard to protect from grinding or using orthodontic treatment to reposition the teeth for a healthier bite. In the most serious cases, we may recommend jaw surgery to alleviate pain. 

Schedule a Consultation!

TMJ is a common issue for adults, and Dr. Jen is here to help you overcome it. Take the first step to jaw pain relief and a healthier smile.

If you have questions, please contact our office at or 310-543-2711.



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I took both my children to 5 orthodontist consultations and Dr. Jen was the orthodontist we decided to go with. She is professionally, kind, passionate about helping her patients, knowledgeable on all the latest in the orthodontist world, and overall a wonderful human. When you become a patient with Dr. Jen, everyone in the office knows your name and treats you like you matter. You're not just another number/patient to them. You won't feel like it's a factory office that just does work without even looking at the patients or knowing their name. This is the place to go for honest, passionate, and quality care.

Lisa C.

I contacted Jenuine Smiles Orthodontics as I was looking to replace my old metal & plastic retainer with an Invisalign retainer. Not only was I shocked with how quickly I was able to make an appointment, but I couldn't get over how easy and great the entire process was. I was able have my teeth scanned and picked up my retainer the same day. The entire staff was so friendly from the initial contact all the way to me leaving their office. They ensured they answered all of my questions and address any concerns before I left. I highly recommend Jenuine Smiles for any and all orthodontics needs! If I could give a higher rating I would :)

Robert R.

The recent transition to Dr Jen has been flawless and most welcome! Her impressive depth of knowledge and expertise put my mind at ease. Dr Jen is incredibly kind and friendly creating a warm and comfortable environment. She ensures the kids and I understand her vision for their treatment plan. She has a personalized approach to their care that really meets their needs. The entire office staff is wonderful and dedicated to providing exceptional patient care.

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