If you're experiencing pain in your jaw, face, or neck, you may be suffering from temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ/TMD). At Berkeley Dental Center, our experienced family dentists provide comprehensive dental care for patients of all ages in Berkeley, CA, including effective treatment options for TMJ/TMD.

What is TMJ/TMD?

TMJ/TMD is a condition that affects the temporomandibular joint, which connects your lower jaw to your skull. This joint allows you to open and close your mouth, chew, and speak.

When the joint becomes inflamed or misaligned, it can cause a range of symptoms, including:

  • Pain in the jaw, face, neck, or shoulders
  • Clicking, popping, or grinding sounds when opening or closing the mouth
  • Difficulty or discomfort while chewing
  • Locking of the jaw joint
  • Headaches or earaches

Causes of TMJ/TMD

There are several factors that can contribute to the development of TMJ/TMD, including:

  • Teeth grinding or clenching (bruxism)
  • Misalignment of the teeth or jaw
  • Arthritis in the temporomandibular joint
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Injury to the jaw or face

TMJ/TMD Treatment Options at Berkeley Dental Center

At Berkeley Dental Center, our family dentists offer a variety of treatment options to help alleviate the symptoms of TMJ/TMD and improve your overall oral health.

Some of these treatments include:

Oral Appliance Therapy

One of the most common treatments for TMJ/TMD is oral appliance therapy.

This involves wearing a custom-made mouthguard or splint, which helps to:

  • Reduce teeth grinding and clenching; by providing a protective barrier between your upper and lower teeth
  • Relieve pressure on the jaw joint and muscles
  • Promote proper alignment of the jaw

Physical Therapy and Exercises

Our dentists may also recommend physical therapy and exercises to help strengthen the jaw muscles and improve flexibility.

These exercises may include:

  • Gentle stretching of the jaw muscles
  • Relaxation techniques to reduce stress and tension
  • Massage therapy to alleviate muscle pain and tightness


In some cases, our dentists may prescribe medications to help manage the symptoms of TMJ/TMD, such as:

  • Pain relievers; to reduce discomfort and inflammation
  • Muscle relaxants to alleviate muscle spasms and tension
  • Anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce swelling and pain in the jaw joint

Why Choose Berkeley Dental Center for TMJ/TMD Treatment?

At Berkeley Dental Center, we are committed to providing comprehensive dental care for patients of all ages in a warm, welcoming environment. Our local family dental office in Berkeley, CA, is equipped with state-of-the-art technology and staffed by experienced, compassionate family dentists who are dedicated to helping you achieve optimal oral health. If you're experiencing symptoms of TMJ/TMD, don't wait to seek treatment. Contact Berkeley Dental Center today to schedule a consultation with one of our skilled family dentists. We'll work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses your unique needs and helps you find relief from pain and discomfort.