TMJ Disorders


About TMJ 

  • TMJ disorders involve the muscles that control your jaw and the jaw joint which sits just in front of your ear canal
  • Women are affected much more often than men 
  • Each TMJ has a disc between the ball and socket, which functions as a cushion and allows the jaw to open widely, rotate or glide. Any problem that prevents this complex system of muscles, ligaments, discs and bones from working properly may result in a painful TMJ disorder. 
  • Stress, arthritis, trauma or teeth misalignment may also lead to TMJ dysfunction.



  • Dietary and Lifestyle Modifications
    • Stop gum chewing
    • Avoid foods that require intense chewing - for example steak or thick bread
    • Limit extreme jaw movements such as yawning or opening your mouth wide for whole fruit or a large sandwich 
    • Eat soft foods which put less stress on your jaw joint and remember to avoid crunchy, hard or chewy foods
    • Practicing relaxation techniques to control jaw tension, such as meditation
  • Conservative Medical Management
    • Warm compresses or ice packs
    • Mouth guards/dental devices to wear while sleeping 
    • TMJ Exercises (see “Links” section)
    • Short-term use of over-the-counter pain medicines or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), such as ibuprofen, may provide temporary relief from jaw discomfort
  • Additional Options
    • Injecting botox into your masseter muscles, which are the main muscles you use to clench your teeth, is a quick office procedure that may be performed to decrease the pain and discomfort that comes from clenching too hard.  Please refer to “Links” for additional information.
    • For TMJ issues that are not solved with conservative treatment a referral to an oral surgeon may be necessary to discuss oral devices or more aggressive treatment


  • Do you grind or clench your teeth?
  • Has your dentist ever mentioned excessive wear on your teeth or recommended a night guard?
  • Do your ears hurt?
  • Do you hear popping, clicking or cracking noises when you open and close your jaw?
  • Are the sides of your face and head tender to the touch?
  • Do you have headaches?


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Beach Cities ENTS
20911 Earl St., Suite 340
Torrance, CA 90503
Phone: 424-307-1626
Fax: 310 944-9295
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