Prosthodontic and Cosmetic Dentist & Implant Dentistry located in Pasadena, CA

TMD & TMJ services offered in Pasadena, CA

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the hinge that allows you to move your jaw. If you develop pain, stiffness, or other problems with your TMJs, visit Dental Studio of Pasadena in Pasadena, California. Their team of experts evaluates your jaws to see if you have temporomandibular disorder (TMD). If you do, you can benefit from the team’s experience in treating TMDs. Call Dental Studio of Pasadena to learn more about TMD and TMJ treatment, or book an appointment online today.


What are TMJ and TMD?

TMDs (temporomandibular disorders) include over 30 conditions that cause pain and dysfunction in the joints and muscles used to control jaw movement.

These hinges in your jaw are the TMJs (temporomandibular joints). You have two TMJs, one on either side of your jaw, connecting your lower jaw to the bones at the side of your skull.

If the TMJ or its surrounding muscles suffer an injury or age-related deterioration, you could develop aching and pain in the affected area. TMDs also affect your ability to eat, talk, and yawn.

What symptoms indicate I need TMJ and TMD treatment?

TMD symptoms include:

  • Pain in your jaw and face
  • Swelling on the affected side
  • Jaws locking into place
  • Inability to open your mouth wide
  • Clicking or grinding noises in the jaw
  • Problems chewing
  • Teeth feeling misaligned

These symptoms could be caused by other conditions, including gum disease and tooth problems. Visit Dental Studio of Pasadena right away for a proper diagnosis and treatment.

Your dentist examines your jaws and teeth to identify the problem. They might do cutting-edge 3D X-rays or a cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) scan to create detailed images of your jaw.

Why would I need TMJ and TMD treatment?

You can benefit from TMJ and TMD treatment if you have a joint condition like arthritis. Degenerative osteoarthritis is the most common form. It develops when years of wear-and-tear cause the cartilage protecting the joint to thin, creating friction and inflammation.

Chronic (long-term) stress that makes you clench your teeth and facial muscles can also cause TMD. Missing or broken teeth can sometimes cause TMD.

What TMJ and TMD treatment treatments are available?

The Dental Studio of Pasadena team might recommend anti-inflammatory medication or a muscle relaxant to reduce inflammation and swelling. They could suggest wearing a mouthguard when you sleep. During the day, you can wear a splint to align your teeth correctly and reduce clenching damage.

Other treatments include:

  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
  • Ultrasound therapy
  • Anesthetic injections
  • Laser therapy

If broken or missing teeth are causing TMD, you can benefit from the Dental Studio of Pasadena team’s expertise in corrective procedures, including fitting crowns, bridges, and dental implants.

Call Dental Studio of Pasadena or book an appointment online today for expert TMJ and TMD treatment.