What is TMJ?

Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome treatment in North Liberty IA


Do you have chronic headaches or jaw pain? You may have TMJ.

Temporomandibular Joint Disorders are a group of conditions that are usually characterized by pain in the jaw joint and the surrounding muscles. These conditions are fairly common and affect 3 million Americans each year.

TMJ Conditions

Multiple conditions fall under the category of Temporomandibular Joint Disorders. Some symptoms may include:

  • Facial Pain
  • Jaw Pain
  • Jaw Tenderness
  • Joint Dysfunction
  • Ear Pain
  • Difficulty Chewing
  • Joint Dysfunction
  • Muscle Dysfunction

When a joint or cartilage is damaged, one or more of these symptoms may develop. TMJ can also result in worn or cracked teeth and decreased oral health.

TMJ Risk Factors

There are also several risk factors that may make some patients more susceptible to Temporomandibular Joint Disorders than others. Some of these risk factors include:

  • Teeth Grinding
  • Jaw Injury
  • Arthritis
  • Misaligned or Crooked Teeth
  • Connective Tissue Diseases

However, Design Dental offers multiple treatment options to patients that can relieve pain at the source.

Top 3 Treatments for TMJ

Before treatment, Dr. Jeremy Tu will take the health of your teeth and the area of pain into account. Given your budget and goals, we can help you pick the treatment that is right for you. Some TMJ treatments include:

Sleep guards

Worn at night, sleep guards prevent teeth from touching or grinding together. Sleep guards are custom-made to fit each patient’s teeth and can be utilized before any other treatments are carried out. This solution also prevents further wear to teeth.


Because misaligned and crooked teeth are prone to Temporomandibular Joint Disorders, orthodontics can help prevent painful conditions from developing in the first place. Repositioning teeth through devices such as braces can not only prevent TMJ but also improve the overall health of teeth and gums.

Dental Crowns

For teeth that are damaged from TMJ pain, dental crowns are a great choice. Dental crown covers and protects damaged or chipped teeth and restores teeth for a natural appearance.

Schedule an Appointment

Treat your facial and jaw pain at the source. Choose the TMJ treatment option that’s right for you. Call the professionals at Design Dental for a consultation today.