TMJ Disorders Pasadena

TMJ Disorders & Jaw Pain

The Temporomandibular Joints, called TMJ, are the joints and jaw muscles that make it possible to open and close your mouth. Located on each side of the head, your TMJ work together when you chew, speak or swallow and include muscles and ligaments as well as the jaw bone. They also control the lower jaw (mandible) as it moves forward, backward and side to side.

Any problem that prevents this complex system of muscles, ligaments, discs and bones from
working properly may result in a painful TMJ disorder, often described as Jaw Pain. The most common causes of TMJ Disorders are:

  • Dislocation
  • Tooth and Jaw Alignment
  • Stress and Teeth Grinding
  • Arthritis
  • Injury
Diagnosis is an important step before treatment. There are several treatments for TMJ Disorders. Dr. Vickie Greenberg believes “less is often best” approach in treating TMJ Disorders, which may include behavioral modifications such as:
  • Eating softer foods
  • Avoiding chewing gum and biting your nails
  • Modifying the pain with heat packs
  • Practicing relaxation techniques to control jaw tension
However, many cases of TMJ Disorders are more severe and painful. These cases may require fixing an uneven bite by adjusting teeth positioning or improving the alignment of your jaw bite. Dentofacial orthodontic devices for treatment may also be recommended when appropriate. Dr. Vickie Greenberg advises anyone suffering from Jaw Pain to schedule a consultation with her in which she can evaluate your symptoms and suggest the most appropriate therapy based on the suspected cause.