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Ramona Family Dentistry

General Dentists & Family Dentists located in Ramona, CA

If you experience persistent pain or tenderness in your jaw, you may be suffering from TMJ disorder. At Ramona Family Dentistry in Ramona, California, the team works with patients to find the right treatment for their condition. Ramona Family Dentistry is led by experienced providers Nathan Christensen, DDS, and Hemant Sachdeva, DDS. The team specializes in a holistic, patient-centered treatment for even the most complex conditions. To speak with a dentist about your jaw pain, call the office, or book an appointment online today.


What is TMJ?

TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, a joint located on each side of your jaw that’s responsible for controlling jaw movement. Temporomandibular joints are essential structures that allow you to bite, chew, and speak normally. Persistent painful symptoms related to your temporomandibular joint is known as a TMJ disorder. 

What is a TMJ disorder?

A TMJ disorder occurs when the temporomandibular joint becomes injured or inflamed. If you’ve experienced previous trauma to your jaw (like surgery or an accident), your risk for developing a TMJ disorder is much higher. Factors like genetics, chronic teeth grinding, and chronic teeth clenching can also increase your risk for problems with your temporomandibular joint. Patients with TMJ disorders experience a number of painful symptoms, including:

  • Jaw pain
  • Jaw stiffness
  • Facial pain
  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Ear pain
  • Painful chewing

Many patients also experience a clicking or grating sensation during jaw movements. The pain from TMJ disorders can range from mild to severe, leaving some patients unable to move their jaw without pain. If you experience clicking or grating without painful symptoms, it’s likely that your condition won’t require treatment. Ramona Family Dentistry offers a number of effective treatments to help relieve pain caused by TMJ disorders. 

How is a TMJ disorder diagnosed?

Before you begin treatment, your dentist performs an examination to diagnose and determine the severity of your condition. Diagnosing a TMJ disorder begins with a physical examination. You and the dentist discuss your symptoms as they check for pain, tenderness, and other abnormalities. Once you’ve been diagnosed, you and the team at Ramona Family Dentistry work together to determine the right treatment for you. 

Hos is a TMJ disorder treated?

Treatment for your TMJ disorder depends on the severity of your symptoms and the status of your joint health. In most cases, TMJ disorders can be effectively treated through nonsurgical methods like:

  • Pain relievers
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Oral splints
  • Physical therapy
  • Injections

In other cases, surgery may be required to relieve your pain and restore the function of your temporomandibular joints. If your condition requires surgery, the board-certified oral surgeon at Ramona Family Dentistry provides a number of safe and effective minimally invasive procedures. To speak with the team about your temporomandibular joint pain, book an appointment by phone or online today.