TMJ Treatment Specialist

Pierce Robotics

Sean S Pierce, DDS

Cosmetic, Implant, and General Dentistry located in Beverly Hills, CA

If you regularly experience morning headaches, jaw pain, or difficulty chewing, consider TMJ treatment. At Pierce Robotics in Beverly Hills, California, Sean Pierce, DDS, offers several types of TMJ treatment, including Botox® injections, 3-D printed nightguards, and physical therapy. To make an appointment at the Los Angeles area practice, call the office to speak with a friendly staff member or click the online booking tool.

TMJ Treatment Q&A

What is TMJ?

TMJ is a chronic condition that affects the temporomandibular joints. These joints connect your jaw to your skull, allowing you to bite, chew, and speak. 

Sometimes the temporomandibular joints become stiff, resulting in pain and discomfort. Common causes of TMJ include arthritis, oral trauma, and genetics.

What are the symptoms of TMJ?

Common symptoms of TMJ include:

  • Jaw pain
  • Headaches
  • Facial pain that spreads to the cheeks or behind your eyes
  • Earaches or a ringing in the ears

If you have TMJ, you might also experience popping or clicking sounds when you open your mouth to speak or yawn.

What is TMJ treatment?

TMJ treatment refers to a group of procedures that help manage jaw pain, headaches, and other related issues. Although there’s no cure for TMJ, thanks to advances in oral health care, it’s possible to minimize symptoms and improve your quality of life.

What are the types of TMJ treatment?

Dr. Pierce offers several types of TMJ treatment, including:

Botox® injections

Botox is a neuromodulator traditionally used to improve the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. It’s also effective at managing TMJ. Once Botox enters your body, it helps the muscles in your jaw relax. That relaxation eases muscle tension, limiting inflammation, and allowing for a full range of motion. 

3D-printed night guards

A night guard is a custom oral appliance that alters the position of your jaw during sleep. To ensure your night guard fits perfectly,  Dr. Pierce takes a series of digital impressions. Then, he sends your impressions to a dental laboratory that uses them to craft a custom 3D-printed oral appliance.

Pain management

If Botox or a night guard isn’t enough to provide significant relief, Dr. Pierce might prescribe pain medication. The type of medication that will most benefit you depends on your age, symptoms, and treatment goals. 

Physical therapy

Sometimes a combination of treatments is necessary to relieve TMJ pain. Physical therapy uses a combination of at-home exercises and stretches to release tension, encourage movement, and ease the pain. 

Who can benefit from TMJ treatment?

Anyone who regularly experiences TMJ-related symptoms like jaw pain, morning headaches, or difficulty biting and chewing can benefit from TMJ treatment. Following an oral exam and a discussion of your symptoms, Dr. Pierce can make recommendations that align with your budget and needs.

To learn more about TMJ treatment, make an appointment at Pierce Robotics by calling the office to speak with a caring administrative staff member or by clicking the online booking tool.