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TMJ Therapy

TMJ Therapy – Studio City, CA

Get Rid of Facial Pain & Chronic Headaches

Woman holding jaw in pain

The TMJ, or temporomandibular joint, is a very important but often overlooked aspect of oral health. It’s the joint that enables your lower jaw to move in all directions, giving you the ability to eat, speak, laugh, and yawn. Strain, stress, or a misaligned bite can sometimes lead to problems with this joint, which can cause a stiff and painful jaw, chronic headaches, and even soreness in the neck and shoulders. At Studio City Dental Arts, Dr. Shahrestany is able to diagnose and treat these issues to help our patients get back to their lives, pain-free, as quickly as possible. If you believe you may be suffering from TMJ issues, give us a call today.

Diagnosis & Treatment

Animation of jaw and skull bone

TMJ-related problems can manifest for a number of reasons, but the most common tend to be stress, an injury to the face/jaw, arthritis, or a crooked bite that causes tension in the facial muscles. As part of every regular checkup, Dr. Shahrestany will examine a patient’s TMJ to make sure everything is in good shape. If she finds a problem or a patient reports any kind of facial pain, she’ll use a number of scans and tests to determine the root cause of the issue, which will help her recommend the right treatment.

Occlusal Splints

Hand holding clear oral appliance

An occlusal splint is a small, custom-made mouthpiece that a patient would wear to bed, and it’s one of the primary ways we can help relieve TMJ-related pain. The splint is designed to slightly shift the jaw into a more natural and relaxed position, enabling strained facial muscles to heal on their own. It also places a protective barrier between the teeth to prevent teeth grinding (another common issue associated with TMJ problems).