Shawna Omid, DDS -  - Dentist

Shawna Omid, DDS

Dentists & Dental Implant Specialists located in Torrance, CA

If your jaw regularly feels stiff, sore, or generally irritated, you may have a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. At the office of Shawna Omid, DDS, in Torrance, California, the team regularly diagnoses and treats TMJ using safe, effective means. Don’t let chronic jaw pain prevent you from eating or speaking comfortably. Request your consultation by calling Shawna Omid, DDS, or clicking the online booking tool today.


What is TMJ?

Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, or TMJ, is a common oral health problem that causes chronic jaw pain, stiffness, and trouble speaking and chewing. Your temporomandibular joints sit on either side of your jaw and act as a sliding hinge. 

Experts aren’t entirely sure what causes TMJ to develop, but it’s thought several factors play a role including genetics, jaw injuries, or arthritis. You might also develop TMJ if you grind or clench your teeth when you sleep at night. 

What are the symptoms of TMJ?

The symptoms of TMJ vary from person to person and depend on the severity of your condition. However, telltale signs include: 

  • Aching facial pain
  • Ear pain
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Pain when chewing
  • Jaw tenderness

As TMJ gets worse, you might also experience popping or clicking sensations when you eat or chew.

Who gets TMJ?

TMJ affects people of all ages and genders, but there are certain factors that can increase your risk, including:

  • A history of arthritis
  • A previous jaw injury
  • Teeth grinding
  • Stress and anxiety

You’re also more likely to develop TMJ if you have a connective tissue disease that affects the muscles and ligaments surrounding your jaw joint.

How is TMJ diagnosed?

To diagnose TMJ, your dentist reviews your medical history, asks you about the symptoms you’re experiencing, and does an oral exam. Your dentist also takes a series of 3D images using cone beam computed tomography (CBCT). Usually, these procedures provide enough insight to pinpoint the source of your discomfort. 

How is TMJ treated?

Whenever possible, the team at the office of Shawna Omid, DDS, uses conservative, noninvasive methods of treatment to relieve pain caused by TMJ. If you have mild symptoms, your dentist might recommend taking prescription painkillers and alternating between ice packs and heating pads. 

If your symptoms persist or get worse, you might benefit from a custom night guard. A night guard is a type of mouthguard that prevents you from grinding or clenching your teeth while you sleep. Ultimately, this eases tension on the muscles in your jaw, relieving pain. 

For severe cases of TMJ, surgical intervention may be necessary. Rest assured, the team will work with you to develop a TMJ treatment plan that best aligns with your needs. 

To make your TMJ appointment at the office of Shawna Omid, DDS, call or click the online booking tool today.