TMJ offered in Chardon, Cuyahoga Falls, Cleveland and Middleburg, OH

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Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) is a common condition characterized by jaw and facial pain. Orthodontic treatment can provide relief, making it easier to bite, chew, and speak. At Mandana Mozayeni Orthodontics, experienced orthodontist Mandana Mozayeni, DDS, MSD, specializes in diagnosing and treating TMJ. Call the nearest office in Chardon, Cuyahoga Falls, Cleveland, or Middleburg, Ohio, today to schedule a TMJ consultation or book your visit online.


What is temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)?

TMJ is a painful condition caused by inflammation or trauma. It occurs when your temporomandibular joints –– the two joints that connect your lower jaw to your skull –– become irritated or injured. 

For some people, TMJ causes persistent discomfort. But for others, the pain comes and goes. No matter your symptoms, treatment can ease pain and keep it from getting worse. 

What are the symptoms of TMJ?

TMJ symptoms include:

  • Jaw pain
  • Facial pain
  • Jaw stiffness
  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Earaches
  • Toothache
  • Ringing in your ear (tinnitus)

As TMJ worsens, you might notice that your jaw makes popping or snapping sounds when you chew and speak.

How is TMJ diagnosed?

Dr. Mozayeni reviews your dental records and asks about your symptoms, including when the pain started, what it feels like, and if certain activities, like biting or chewing, make it worse. Next, she completes an oral exam.

Dr. Mozayeni gently presses your jaw to identify sensitive places and observes your range of motion when you open and close your mouth. She also orders a series of 3D oral X-rays and computed tomography (CT) scans to assess the alignment of your jaw, teeth, and temporomandibular joints.

How is TMJ treated?

Dr. Mozayeni treats TMJ using a conservative and integrative approach. She could suggest:

  • An oral splint or a mouthguard to prevent jaw clenching and teeth grinding
  • Stretches and strengthening exercises to support your jaw
  • Trigger point injections to relieve tight muscle knots
  • Icing your jaw
  • Taking over-the-counter pain medication
  • Botox® injections to relieve muscle tension

If Dr. Mozayeni determines your TMJ symptoms are caused by tooth or jaw misalignments, she recommends orthodontic treatment. She might prescribe metal braces, clear braces, or clear aligners, depending on your needs.

How long does it take for TMJ to improve?

The time it takes for TMJ to improve depends on the underlying cause and severity of your symptoms. Most people see a significant reduction in pain and stiffness within a week of starting treatment. But for some people, it takes longer. 

To ensure optimal results, follow Dr. Mozayeni’s instructions, attend your checkups, and wear your orthodontic appliances as prescribed.

Call the nearest Mandana Mozayeni Orthodontics office today to schedule TMJ treatment or book your appointment online.