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TMJ services offered in the greater Bethesda and Gaithersburg, MD area

TMJ is a complex issue that affects your jaw’s function and overall well-being. At Smile Design Studio of Bethesda in Gaithersburg and Bethesda, Maryland, the dental team addresses TMJ concerns with precision and care. If you’re struggling with jaw pain and TMJ symptoms, call the office or use the online tool to book an appointment. 

What is a TMJ disorder?

A TMJ disorder, or temporomandibular joint disorder, affects the joint that connects your jawbone to your skull. TMJ disorders cause a range of symptoms, including:

  • Jaw pain
  • Clicking or popping sounds
  • Headaches
  • Difficulty opening or closing your mouth

TMJ disorders can impact oral health, daily comfort, and quality of life.

What are the common causes of TMJ disorders?

TMJ disorders can arise from various factors, including:

  • Stress
  • Teeth grinding
  • Clenching (bruxism)
  • Misaligned bite
  • Arthritis
  • Trauma

Identifying the underlying cause of your TMJ disorder is important so you can get effective treatment.

How do you treat TMJ disorders?

The team at Smile Design Studio of Bethesda customizes your TMJ disorder treatment to your specific condition and symptoms. Your plan may include:

Lifestyle modifications

Your dentist might suggest lifestyle changes to reduce stress, improve posture, and avoid habits like nail-biting and chewing gum that can worsen TMJ issues.

Physical therapy

Targeted exercises and therapies can help strengthen jaw muscles, improve flexibility, and alleviate pain. 

Oral appliances

Custom-made oral appliances, like splints or mouthguards, can help reposition the jaw and prevent clenching or grinding, relieving TMJ-related discomfort.


Over-the-counter pain relievers, muscle relaxants, and anti-inflammatories can help manage pain and reduce muscle tension. Your provider may recommend prescription medications for more severe cases.

Dental Adjustments

If your TMJ disorder is related to a misaligned bite, your dentist might suggest orthodontic treatments, dental restorations, or bite adjustments to alleviate the issue.

A consultation at Smile Design Studio of Bethesda is key to determining which treatments are suitable treatment options for your TMJ disorder. When you come in, your dentist assesses your symptoms, medical history, and overall condition to create a personalized treatment plan that addresses your needs.

How can Botox help with TMJ disorders?

Botox injections relax the muscles responsible for jaw clenching and grinding, common triggers for TMJ disorders. By reducing muscle tension, Botox can alleviate pain, headaches, and other discomfort associated with TMJ issues.

Botox provides temporary relief for TMJ symptoms. Results typically last several months, and repeat treatments can help maintain the effects. 

If you grind or clench your teeth, the Botox treatment can also prevent the effects of worn enamel and tooth sensitivity. 

Call Smile Design Studio of Bethesda or use this website to set up an appointment and learn more about TMJ.