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?
Teeth grinding (bruxism) or clenching
Damage caused by a blow or other impact
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.
— 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
We offer honest answers to all your questions about preventing and treating pain in your jaw.
Medical-grade sterilization and enhanced PPE ensure your safety at our office.
We’re in-network with major insurers, which may cover a portion of your TMJ therapy.
“I chipped my tooth a couple years ago and it recently chipped again and he took care of it perfectly. I HIGHLY recommend him and his staff.”
— Rachel A.
“Dr. Shapiro & his staff are the best! I was always very nervous about going to the dentist’s office, but I feel very at ease at Pinecrest Smiles!”
— Helen P.
“I love going to Pinecrest Smiles for all my dental needs. The office is immaculate and high tech. Dr. Shapiro is always friendly, welcoming, and very thorough.”
— Laura L.
How to get started
1. Request Appointment
Contact us online or call (305) 233-8000. We’re here to answer all your questions.
2. Get Recommendation
Tell us about your symptoms. We’ll conduct an exam and help you understand what’s going on.
3. Relieve Your Pain
We want you to live without pain and provide customized treatment recommendations.
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.