TMJ & Bruxism Treatment

Do you experience TMJ pain and migraines that impact your comfort and quality of life?

At Smiles of Orange, we offer simple, non-surgical treatment options, so you don’t have to settle for a life filled with pain.

As a holistic dentist, Dr. Maryam Jackson takes an integrative approach to dentistry and not only solves her patients’ symptoms but also seeks the reason behind the problem. She offers customized solutions to address the painful symptoms of TMD and relieve jaw joint pain, including nightguards and the Vivos Daytime Nighttime Appliance (DNA).

What Is Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD)?

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) affects up to 15 percent of adults and includes symptoms like jaw and neck pain and migraines. TMD occurs when the TMJ is damaged or inflamed, and common risk factors include a long-term teeth grinding habit, arthritis, and jaw injury.


What Causes TMJ Pain?

TMJ stands for the temporomandibular joint or jaw joints that connect your upper and lower jaws. The TMJ allows you to move your lower jaw, including up and down and side to side movement for speaking, chewing, biting, yawning, and making facial expressions.

The TMJ is one of the most complex joints in the body and withstands tremendous pressure every day. There are many causes and symptoms that vary from person to person, so it can be a challenge to pinpoint the source of TMJ problems.

While TMD affects millions of people, no single treatment method works for everyone. Dr. Jackson offers practical solutions for managing and minimizing its symptoms.

What Are Treatment Options for TMJ Pain?

The first step is for Dr. Jackson to perform an evaluation to determine the underlying cause. She will then discuss her findings with you and explain the treatment TMD treatment options we offer.

  • An occlusal splint moves the lower jaw into a position that balances and evens out your dental bite. Because your upper and lower teeth meet evenly, pressure on the TMJ is relieved.
  • Vivos® DNA (Daytime Nightime Appliance) is a customized device that brings the lower jaw into a healthier position. Patients wear these oral appliances for 12-14 hours a day.
  • For some patients, the solution is as easy as a custom nightguard designed to prevent the damage caused to the teeth and TMJ by clenching and grinding during sleep. A nightguard also helps relieve pressure on the jaw joint and gives it a chance to rest and recover.

Since teeth grinding or bruxism is commonly associated with stress, patients also find relaxation techniques like yoga and meditation to help minimize symptoms.

We Offer TMJ Pain Relief in Orange, CA

We understand that, for many, the symptoms of TMD can be debilitating and threaten your quality of life. If you live with TMJ pain, Dr. Jackson wants to help you find relief as quickly as possible.

Working together, we’ll find the right treatment to relieve TMJ pain and help you get on with your life. Please call our Orange, CA dental office to schedule an appointment.