TMJ Treatment

TMJ Treatment

TMJ treatment refers to various interventions designed to alleviate symptoms associated with temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, which can cause pain, discomfort, and restricted jaw movement. These treatments may include self-care measures such as jaw exercises and heat therapy, medications to reduce pain and inflammation, dental treatments like occlusal splints or orthodontic adjustments, physical therapy techniques, stress management strategies, and, in severe cases, surgical intervention.  

The importance of TMJ treatment lies in its ability to relieve pain, improve jaw function, and enhance the overall quality of life for individuals affected by TMJ disorders, allowing them to eat, speak, and engage in daily activities without discomfort or limitation. Early intervention and appropriate treatment provided by our orthodontist in Argyle, TX, can prevent the progression of TMJ disorders and mitigate the impact of symptoms on physical and emotional well-being. 

Causes of TMJ Disorders

  • Trauma to the jaw, such as a blow to the face or a motor vehicle accident, can damage the TMJ, leading to inflammation, pain, and dysfunction. 
  • Habitual teeth grinding or clenching, often associated with stress or anxiety, can exert excessive pressure on the TMJ, resulting in inflammation and muscle tension. 
  • An improper bite alignment, where the upper and lower teeth do not fit together correctly, can strain the TMJ and surrounding muscles, leading to TMJ disorders. 
  • Emotional stress and anxiety can contribute to TMJ disorders by increasing muscle tension in the jaw and face, exacerbating symptoms such as jaw pain and stiffness. 
  • Incorrect posture, such as slouching or forward head posture, can affect the alignment of the jaw and lead to TMJ-related pain and dysfunction over time. 
  • Some individuals may have a genetic predisposition to TMJ disorders, including structural abnormalities or joint conditions that increase their risk of developing TMJ-related symptoms. 
  • Hormonal fluctuations, such as those occurring during puberty, pregnancy, or menopause, can affect the stability of the TMJ and contribute to the onset or exacerbation of TMJ disorders. 

Types of TMJ Treatment 

Oral Appliances 

Oral appliances are commonly used to treat TMJ disorders by providing support and protection for the jaw joint. Night guards, or occlusal splints, are custom-made devices worn while sleeping to prevent teeth grinding and clenching (bruxism) and cushion the jaw joint. Daytime mouthguards offer similar benefits for individuals who experience daytime teeth clenching or grinding, helping to alleviate TMJ-related pain and prevent further damage to the teeth and jaw.  

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Physical Therapy 

Physical therapy is crucial in TMJ treatment as it improves jaw mobility, strengthens the surrounding muscles, and reduces muscle tension. Therapeutic exercises and stretches tailored to the individual's needs can help restore optimal function to the jaw joint and alleviate TMJ-related pain. Manual therapy techniques, such as massage and mobilization, may release tight muscles and improve joint mobility, relieving TMJ symptoms. 

Dental Treatments 

Dental interventions are often necessary to address underlying dental issues contributing to TMJ disorders. Orthodontic treatment may be recommended to correct misaligned teeth or bite problems, which can exacerbate TMJ symptoms. Dental restorations, such as fillings, crowns, or bridges, may be necessary to repair damaged teeth and restore proper occlusion, alleviating strain on the jaw joint and reducing TMJ-related discomfort. 


Medications can manage TMJ symptoms and reduce inflammation in the jaw joint. Muscle relaxants may be prescribed to alleviate muscle tension and spasms in the jaw and surrounding muscles. At the same time, anti-inflammatory medications such as NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) can help reduce pain and swelling associated with TMJ disorders. 


Injections are sometimes used to provide targeted relief for TMJ-related pain and muscle tension. Trigger point injections involve injecting corticosteroids or local anesthetics into specific trigger points in the jaw muscles to alleviate pain and muscle tightness. Botox injections may also temporarily weaken or paralyze the muscles responsible for jaw clenching or bruxism, reducing muscle tension and relieving TMJ symptoms. 

Surgical Interventions 

In cases where conservative treatments have been ineffective, or TMJ symptoms are severe, surgical interventions may be necessary to address underlying structural issues. Arthrocentesis is a minimally invasive procedure that involves flushing out the TMJ with sterile fluid to remove debris and reduce inflammation. Arthroscopy allows surgeons to visualize the TMJ using a small camera (arthroscope) and perform surgical repairs or interventions as needed.

In severe cases, open-joint surgery may be required to repair or replace damaged TMJ joint structures, providing long-term relief from TMJ-related pain and dysfunction. 

The Benefits of TMJ Treatment

  • TMJ treatment can restore optimal jaw function, including chewing, speaking, and yawning, by addressing underlying issues such as muscle tension, joint misalignment, or structural problems. 
  • Oral appliances and dental interventions used in TMJ treatment can prevent dental damage caused by teeth grinding or clenching (bruxism), preserving the integrity of the teeth and reducing the risk of tooth wear, fractures, and other dental problems. 
  • Relief from TMJ-related symptoms can significantly improve quality of life, allowing individuals to enjoy activities such as eating, talking, and smiling without discomfort or limitations. 
  • TMJ treatment may help alleviate associated chronic conditions such as tension headaches, migraines, and neck pain by addressing underlying jaw joint dysfunction and muscle tension. 
  • Early intervention and treatment of TMJ disorders can prevent long-term complications such as arthritis, joint degeneration, and irreversible damage to the jaw joint structures. 
  • Relief from TMJ-related pain and discomfort can boost self-esteem and confidence, allowing individuals to interact with others more comfortably and confidently. 

TMJ disorders can be challenging to manage, but with the right treatment approach, relief is possible. If you're experiencing TMJ disorder symptoms, visit Argyle Orthodontics at 101 Old Town Boulevard South, Suite 103, Argyle, TX 76226, or call (940) 240-5400 to explore personalized treatment options tailored to your needs. 


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101 Old Town Boulevard South, Suite 103,
Argyle, TX, TX, 76226


Phone: (940) 240-5400

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