TMJ Treatment in Phoenix, AZ

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Smile Dental Studio is your trusted partner in effective and comprehensive TMJ treatment in Phoenix. If you're experiencing discomfort in your jaw joint or facial muscles, you're not alone. TMJ disorders can be a source of significant pain, affecting daily activities like chewing, speaking, and even resting comfortably.
TMJ refers to the temporomandibular joint, a hinge connecting the jaw to the skull. TMJ disorders can cause discomfort and pain in the jaw joint and the muscles controlling jaw movement.

Recognizing the Signs of TMJ

TMJ disorders can cause severe pain and discomfort, which may either be temporary or last years. This may affect either one or both sides of the face. It affects women more commonly than men, and it shows up most frequently in patients between the ages of 20 and 40. Common symptoms of TMJ include:

A bite that suddenly feels uncomfortable

Feeling “tired” in the face


Jaws getting “stuck” or “locked” in the open- or closed-mouth position

Pain or tenderness in or around the ear when chewing, speaking, or opening the mouth wide

Pain or tenderness in the face, jaw joint area, neck, and shoulders

Problems opening the mouth wide

Swelling on the side of the face

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Trouble chewing

Many of these symptoms overlap with other conditions, making proper diagnosis critical. A complete health dentist will conduct a physical exam and ask the patient about their health history to rule out (or identify) any other health issues the patient may have. They will also check the jaw, bite, and facial muscles for functionality. Full-face X-rays, MRIs, or CT scans may also be necessary, depending on the severity of the patient’s condition.

Seeing a Complete Health Dentist for TMJ

Patients looking for TMJ treatment should consider complete health dentistry, as it focuses on how the patient’s overall health may affect and be affected by their condition. At best, TMJ is an annoyance. At worst, it is excruciatingly inescapable. A TMJ dentist knows how to address the root cause of this condition rather than just temporarily alleviating its symptoms.

Studies have shown that TMJ patients are more sensitive to pain. They also present body pain areas more frequently than their counterparts. Experts hypothesize that this implies a generalized dysfunction of the patient’s nociceptive system, the sensory nervous system’s way of encoding harmful stimuli. Thus, those with TMJ may have high rates of other painful conditions and systemic diseases occurring at the same time.

Primary care dental is available at Smile Dental Studio in Phoenix and the surrounding area. A complete health dentist can help reduce your TMJ woes while improving your overall health.

Treating TMJ

TMJ symptoms sometimes go away without treatment. However, if symptoms persist, patients may need to seek medical treatment. A complete health dentist can identify the symptoms’ root cause and devise a customized treatment plan tailor-made for the patient’s unique and individual needs. If over-the-counter pain medication does not relieve a patient’s discomfort, a dentist may prescribe more potent pain relievers and anti-inflammatories on an as-needed basis.

Oral appliances, such as splints or mouth guards, may also help, as those with jaw pain often benefit from wearing a soft or firm device over their teeth. Certain jaw exercises may assist in stretching and strengthening the jaw muscles. Physical therapy for jaw pain may include ultrasound, moist heat, and ice. Surgery may be necessary if these treatments are insufficient. Such procedures include arthrocentesis, TMJ arthroscopy, modified condylotomy, and open-joint surgery. Some patients also benefit from corticosteroid injections.

Benefits of TMJ Treatment

Addressing TMJ issues can bring about numerous benefits, including:

Pain Relief

Alleviating the pain and discomfort associated with TMJ disorders.

Improved Functionality

Restoring normal jaw function, including biting and chewing.


Enhanced Quality of Life

Minimizing the impact of TMJ symptoms on daily activities.

Preventing Complications

Early intervention can prevent the progression of TMJ disorders and potential complications.

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FAQ's About TMJ

  • Is there anything I can do to alleviate my TMJ symptoms at home?

    TMJ flare-ups are common and typically resolve themselves within a few weeks. Still, this does not lessen the importance of treatment — especially if your symptoms cause discomfort. Encouraging the jaw joint to relax can assist in healing. You can do this by applying moist heat or ice to the affected area, resting the jaw by avoiding unnecessary use, supporting the jaw when, and reducing stress levels. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatories can also help. Reduce your stress levels, if possible, and consider jaw exercises.

  • What are some jaw exercises that can help relieve my TMJ pain?

    One exercise you can try is to push down on the bottom teeth with one hand while pushing upwards with your jaw. You may also want to try placing your thumb below the chin, putting light pressure on the chin bone. Open your mouth slowly, working against the resistance.

  • Is TMJ causing my headaches and migraines?

    It is possible. Many people experience headaches and migraines due to TMJ pain, which may also radiate to the shoulders. It typically begins near the ears, forehead, or scalp. As such, TMJ headaches are commonly mistaken for tension headaches.

  • What is splint therapy for TMJ?

    In splint therapy, a splint (also known as a mouth or bite guard) is placed over the teeth to prevent the patient from grinding their teeth, clenching their jaw, or doing any other movement that could aggravate their TMJ. Splints are custom-made for each patient’s individual needs, meaning they may be either soft or hard. Splints relax the muscles in the mouth and support the bite.

  • How long will I need to wear my splint?

    As every patient is different, the answer to this varies on a case-by-case basis. Typically, however, patients should not wear a splint for more than six months at a time, as overusing a splint can cause further issues. Our professional team can discuss this further with you while devising your individualized treatment plan.

Why Choose Smile Dental Studio for your TMJ Treatment in Phoenix?

Embark on your journey to relief and well-being with Smile Dental Studio, your dedicated partner in TMJ treatment in Phoenix. Discover the reasons why our approach sets us apart:

Comprehensive Approach

Our approach is grounded in complete health dentistry, addressing how your overall health interconnects with your TMJ condition.

Holistic Understanding

Studies indicate that TMJ patients often experience increased sensitivity to pain and may have higher rates of other painful conditions. Our complete health dentistry ensures a holistic understanding of your health for effective and lasting TMJ treatment.

Root Cause Resolution

Our TMJ dentists focus on identifying and addressing the root cause of your TMJ issues rather than providing temporary relief.

Request Your Appointment Today

Don't let TMJ discomfort control your life. Smile Dental Studio is ready to provide expert TMJ treatment in Phoenix, tailored to your unique needs. Schedule an appointment today to take the first step towards a pain-free and comfortable life. Call us at 602-789-1131. You can also head over to our contact page for more information. If you’re planning a visit to our dental clinic in Phoenix, please check our driving direction below. Our complete health dentistry approach ensures a comprehensive solution for your TMJ concerns.