Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMJ)

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Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ) are quite common and are estimated to affect more than 10 million Americans. In many cases, individuals who have TMJ may be unaware that they have it, since TMJ symptoms can mimic other conditions. Those who suspect they may have problems with their temporomandibular joint are encouraged to schedule a consultation with your local trusted Merced, Los Banos, and Fresno orthodontists right away, before symptoms become more painful and debilitating.

Common Symptoms Of TMJ

Some of the most common symptoms of TMJ include (but are not limited to):

  • Facial pain, especially in the area of the temples, cheeks, and jaw joints.
  • Chronic, unexplained headaches.
  • Clicking or popping sounds that accompany jaw movement.
  • Mild to severe pain in the jaw joint when chewing.
  • Pain resonating to the shoulders and neck.
  • Dizziness.
  • Frequent ringing sounds (tinnitus) in the ears.
  • Feeling of fullness or stuffiness in the ears.
  • Sore teeth.


When TMJ symptoms become particularly severe, they can result in a condition called “lock jaw”. This occurs when the jaw becomes painfully stuck in a closed or an open position. Additional complications include difficulty communicating and inability to get adequate nutrition due to problems with chewing motions. The earlier a patient seeks treatment for their TMJ symptoms, the more likely they will be to get the condition under control before symptoms become worse.

How We Can Help

Orthodontic treatments including Invisalign and night guards may help reduce symptoms of TMJ by correcting problems with jaw placement and preventing patients from grinding their teeth at night. When examining a patient for TMJ problems, the orthodontic experts at Orthodontics Exclusively perform a comprehensive examination that includes X-rays, clinical examinations, and reviewing medical history. In some cases, an MRI is used to help determine how serious the condition is. Based on findings revealed during the examination, a detailed treatment plan is developed to meet the patient’s needs.

Contact Us Today!

To schedule a TMJ consultation with a highly experienced orthodontist, call Orthodontics Exclusively at 209-723-3776 (Merced), 209-827-8705 (Los Banos), or 559-435-5300 (Fresno) or request an appointment via our online form. All of our offices accept Delta Dental, Cigna, and Premier orthodontic insurance. We look forward to hearing from you soon!