TMJ Treatment

Frequently Asked Questions

No. Popping or clicking noises while chewing or yawning are often associated with pain and are common signs of TMJ disorder (TMD). If you have a “noisy jaw,” please contact us for a TMJ examination and treatment plan.

Yes. Since the temporomandibular joint is so close to the ears, inflammation and pain from TMJ can often spread to the ears. In some cases, individuals with TMJ also suffer from hearing loss, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), or pain they may mistake for an ear infection. The best way to address ear pain caused by TMJ is to seek treatment with a qualified TMJ dentist or specialist.

It’s certainly possible that symptoms associated with TMJ disorder may be causing your headaches. Many individuals with TMJ suffer from chronic headaches including migraines. It’s not uncommon to confuse TMJ pain with sinus headaches. To determine the true cause of your headaches, it’s best to consult with a TMJ specialist.

We understand that it can be tempting to save time and money by purchasing an over-the-counter night guard to alleviate problems caused by tooth grinding and TMJ. However, if you suffer from TMJ, using an over-the-counter night guard can actually do more harm than good. 


It’s simply not possible to fully customize the fit of an OTC night guard, and this can cause:

  • Shifted teeth
  • Increased jaw pain
  • Jaw misalignment
  • Discomfort
  • Gum damage
  • Increased clenching and grinding