South Miami TMJ Treatment

Stop jaw pain & headaches

See a TMJ dentist today

Do you suffer from frequent headaches? Does your jaw feel tight or produce a clicking noise every time you open your mouth? Do you clench your jaws frequently?

First things first, take a deep breath and relax your jaw muscles. Then give us a call — you may be suffering from TMJ (temporomandibular joint) issues.

You see, headaches, facial pain, and a tight, clenched jaw often originate from your TMJ. These concerns and more can be addressed and eliminated!

What causes TMJ disorder?




Misaligned bite


Teeth grinding (bruxism) or clenching


Damage caused by a blow or other impact


Missing teeth



TMJ Treatments

Night guard

Night guards are worn like a retainer and help relax your jaw and discourage clenching while you sleep. We’ll take an impression of your teeth and craft a custom sleep mouth guard that’s comfortable to wear and effective.


If your bite is the cause of your jaw pain, we may recommend Invisalign. Dr. Shapiro is an Invisalign certified dentist and can help you understand whether or not fixing your jaw alignment is necessary.

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South Miami TMJ Treatment at Pinecrest Smiles

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“I’ve always been terrified of dentists. I took a chance by going to this practice based on the website, but he’s amazing. Dr. Shapiro and his hygienists do everything in their power to make sure you don’t feel pain.”

— Chrystal C.

Common questions about TMJ pain

What is TMJ disorder?

Your temporomandibular joint connects your jaw on either side of your face. This joint allows you to open and close your mouth, as well as speak and chew normally. These jaw joints can deteriorate, leading to TMJ disorder.

    What are common signs of TMJ?

    • Jaw joint pain, locking or clicking
    • Teeth grinding (bruxism) or clenching
    • Chronic headaches and migraines
    • Discomfort while eating
    • An aching sensation in your face and jaw

    Does stress cause TMJ pain?

    Yes. While a larger dental problem may be to blame for your TMJ pain, stress is one of the most common culprits of sore jaw muscles. Why? When you’re feeling stressed, you’re more likely to grind and clench your teeth together. This causes undue strain on your teeth, ligaments, and jaw muscles.

    We’re seeing more and more people who are clenching their jaws, grinding their teeth, and suffering from TMJ disorder as a result of pandemic-related stress.

      How do you make TMJ pain go away?

      A custom bite guard is a highly effective treatment for TMJ disorder. Lifestyle changes may also be beneficial, including:


      • Maintaining good posture
      • Getting enough sleep at night
      • Reducing stress
      • Trying jaw exercises
      • Avoiding caffeine

      What to expect

      Stress-Free Care

      We offer honest answers to all your questions about preventing and treating pain in your jaw.

      Safety First

      Medical-grade sterilization and enhanced PPE ensure your safety at our office.

      Insurance Accepted

      We’re in-network with major insurers, which may cover a portion of your TMJ therapy.

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      How to get started

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      1. Request Appointment

      Contact us online or call (305) 233-8000. We’re here to answer all your questions.

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      2. Get Recommendation

      Tell us about your symptoms. We’ll conduct an exam and help you understand what’s going on.

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      3. Relieve Your Pain

      We want you to live without pain and provide customized treatment recommendations.

      Our Office

      Mon-Thur, 8:30AM–5:00PM
      Fri, 9:00AM–1:00PM

      Ready to Schedule? New Patients Always Welcome!

      “No question about it, #1 top-notch dentist. He’s a perfectionist and doesn’t settle for half-assed work. He will get it right and do an outstanding job every time — no shortcuts. Very likable guy and the staff is extremely caring and friendly.”

      — Mary T.