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Escondido TMJ Dentist

Stop jaw pain & headaches

TMJ is a pain in the head

Since the start of the pandemic, we’ve seen an increase in patients who are suffering from jaw and facial pain. But it’s not isolated to here in Escondido. Studies show that in the last few years, due to increased stress and anxiety brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, jaw pain has increased by 12% in the US.

If you’ve noticed that your jaw feels sore or stiff, or you’ve been grinding your teeth or clenching your jaw, these are common indicators of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. Our team is here to help. TMJ problems can be addressed and eliminated through a series of treatments, including Botox.

Contact us today to book your visit and learn more.

Do you have TMJ disorder? Learn the symptoms

  • Discomfort while chewing or biting
  • Hearing a popping or clicking as you open or close your mouth
  • Jaw joint pain or locking
  • Suffering frequent headaches, earaches, or lockjaw
  • Ear and sinus pain
  • A deep aching sensation in your face and jaw

Stress causes and contributes to TMJ pain

Stress is considered a big contributing factor to TMJ. Why? When you’re stressed, you’re more likely to grind and clench your teeth. This condition is also called bruxism. Bruxism puts excessive strain on your teeth in turn affects your ligaments and — you guessed it — your jaw muscles.

If you’re feeling stressed or anxious, make sure to see your dentist and make a plan for keeping your jaw relaxed. Since grinding and clenching is most common at night, most people don’t even realize they’re doing it. So make sure to keep an eye out for the other symptoms of TMJ and talk to your dentist right away if you notice any issues.

At-home tips for relaxing your jaw

  • Give your jaw joints a gentle massage in the morning and before bed
  • Diet changes such as avoiding hard and sticky foods or caffeine
  • Lifestyle changes, such as changing your sleeping position
  • Relaxation exercises such as yoga or meditation
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How to treat TMJ disorder

Since tight muscles are often the cause or a contributing factor to your TMJ issues, we often recommend dental Botox as an excellent treatment option. Botox relaxes your jaw muscles, eliminates tension in your mouth, and prevents grinding and clenching. Other treatment options might include a mouthguard/nightguard, Invisalign, or a referral to a physical therapist.

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    Who can treat TMJ in Escondido?

    Our doctors at TLC Escondido Dental are committed to helping those in our community treat the effects of stress and anxiety. Whatever the cause of your TMJ pain, we offer a safe, relaxing space to help you find relief.. Together, we’ll work together to uncover the cause of your TMJ, and create a custom treatment plan.

    Hear from our patients


    Karin R.

    My husband Gary recently had a new crown made at TLC Dental using a state of the art machine called Cerec. The entire procedure was completed in just a few hours start to finish and the crown is absolutely beautiful! One visit that was it! I can’t tell you how grateful he was to miss only a few hours of work to have this procedure done in 1 visit!  As my husband always tells me they are the best dentist we have ever had. So lucky to call them ours! Thank you TLC!


    Gerald E.

    Excellent customer service!
    From the front desk staff to the assistants!
    You’ll be pleased!

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    Stop jaw pain today

    Give us a call at (760) 741-5775 or contact us to schedule a visit. Once we’ve agreed on the best treatment plan, we can get to work on helping you feel better soon.

    Our office

    950 E. Pennsylvania Ave, Suite A
    Escondido, CA 92025
    Get directions

    We’re located just outside of downtown Escondido and offer free on-site parking.

    Call: (760) 741-5775

    7:30 am – 4:30 pm