(626) 821-9970 (626) 821-0996

TMJ – the temporomandibular joint – is located in front of your ear where the skull and lower jaw meet.

The TMJ is the most constantly used joint in the body. It allows your lower jaw to move and function.

Symptoms may include:

Difficulty opening and closing the mouth
Jaw and cheekbone pain
Pain or a tired jaw when eating
Earaches or ringing in the ears
Popping or clicking sounds when opening and closing the mouth
Changes in bite
Pain behind the eye
Problems moving the jaw side to side or forward
Pain when touching the TMJ area or jaw muscles
If the TMJ is impaired, a condition called Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD)results.

Diagnosing TMJ disorders can be complex and may require different diagnostic procedures.

If non-surgical treatment is unsuccessful or if there is clear joint damage, surgery may be needed.

Treatments may include:

Short-term use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for pain and/or muscle relaxation
Bite plate or splint therapy
Stress management counseling

Professional Affiliations & Memberships