6200 Wilshire Blvd. CA 90048, ste. 1609
Call now: (323) 336-8478

Living With TMJ

As the world continues to grow and globalize, it seems like life gets more and more stressful by the minute. Schedules start to get full and quickly it seems like there isn’t enough time in the day to finish all the things you need to get done on top of work and home life. With workloads mounting, with the way we work changing, this results in less and less time for relaxation, less and less time for you to focus on spending quality time decompressing. This can mount and mount and stress can manifest itself in some serious ways.

This might be part of the reason why more and more cases of TMJ are on the rise in this day and age. In our current politically-charged, intensely competitive world, it’s important to address TMJ before it gets worse. Wilshire Smile Studio would like you to know that if you are a person who suffers from TMJ or know someone who does, there are some effective ways that you can prevent, relieve, or treat TMJ.

First, what is TMJ?
Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (popularly known as TMJ) occurs when the hinge connecting the lower and the upper jaw ceases to work properly. This hinge of your jaw is considered among the most complex joints in your entire body. This hinge of your jaw alone carries the burden of moving your lower jaw in all of its directions. This is a uniquely complex system of muscles, bones, discs, and ligaments. Complications can arise with this complex system’s functionality, and often these complications are considered TMJ. TMJ can manifest itself with your jaw making a popping sound, clicking, or even getting “stuck” in one place for a moment or an extended period of time. It’s quite difficult to pinpoint the exact cause of an individual case of TMJ, but we do know of some common contributing factors:

– Bruxism or constant clenching of the jaw which creates trauma
– Being struck in the jaw in any way can also lead to TMJ
– Normal, everyday wear and tear from eating, speaking, clenching
– TMJ can come about due to aging
– TMJ can also come about from disease

TMJ symptoms can include:
– Clicking and popping of the jaw joints
– Jaw getting stuck or locking in one place
– Pain or discomfort in the cheek and jaw muscles
– Regularly occurring headaches and migraines which might vary in frequency and duration
– Clenching or teeth grinding at night
– Inability to open jaw smoothly or evenly, or experiencing discomfort in doing so
– The jaw might also deviate to one side or another when opening or closing
– Tinnitus (Ringing in the Ears)
– Cervical Pain
– Tension Headaches
– Vertigo
– Nervousness/Insomnia

You might not be aware of this fact, but your jaw muscles can often be among the tensest in your body. Think about the last time you were mad or stressed, what are the chances that you clenched your jaw? It can even start out as a minor jaw problem, but without addressing it, TMJ can turn chronic (long-lasting or perpetually lasting).

Whether you experience some of these symptoms and would like relief, or if you would simply like to avoid developing TMJ, Wilshire Smile Studio would like to suggest some ways that you can properly care for your jaw, ensuring its functionality as you advance through life.

You can eliminate muscle spasms by applying moist heat to your jaw at the end of the day, or whenever you experience stress or pain. Prescription medications such as muscle relaxants can also help. Over the counter remedies like aspirin and other pain relief medication and anti-inflammatories can also go a long way.

Wilshire Smile Studio offers dentist-grade and approved appliances which can help significantly reduce the harmful side effects that clenching and grinding at night can yield. At night it is especially important to use appliances, because of the simple fact that you can’t control what you do in your sleep. Bite plates or splints are popular terms used for these dental guards. We can custom-fit these to your individual mouth, slipping them over your upper teeth. This prevents grinding against the lower teeth, which reduces TMJ side effects and promotes good oral health in the process!

Learn and execute relaxation techniques that you find work for you. Physical rehabilitation, sleep therapy, or special training might also be necessary. Counseling can also be an effective and viable solution to stress relief.

Monitoring your food intake and eating softer foods (and staying away from hard foods, hard candies, almonds, sticky foods like taffy, peanut brittle, and even extra crunchy potato chips) can significantly reduce pain and discomfort in your jaw.

Get used to avoiding chewing gum. Opt for breath mints, but make sure not to chew on them. If you are able, try to limit the times you open your mouth wide. Save that for your Wilshire Smile Studio visits!

You can learn therapeutic mandible (lower jaw) movements which can drastically reduce pain and symptoms of your TMJ.

Of course Wilshire Smile Studio is always here if you have any additional lingering questions about TMJ. If you’ve tried these various remedies and your symptoms persist, we recommend that you schedule a consultation with Wilshire Smile Studio today.

Contact Us
You may also like 11170953 - young boy in a dental surgery

Finding a good dentist in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is one of the beautiful cities inside the world. It is the...

21260837 - portrait of female patient showing her teeth to dentist in dental clinic

Veneers in Los Angeles

Have you ever sat down and considered getting veneers for your teeth? It may...

Important Dental Health - Wilshire Smile Studio

3 Reasons Why Your Dental Health is Important

Dental health is one aspect you cannot ignore. Good general healthcare entails comprehensive dental...

dental implants - wilshire smile studio

Having Dental Implants Can Change Your Life as Well as Your Smile

Missing teeth can be a source of great discomfort. Recently, cosmetic dentistry ushered dental...

oral surgeon-blonde

How can Dental Fillings Help Your Smile?

Dental Fillings Los Angeles Extensive tooth decay can result in massive erosion of your...

cosmetic dentist - wilshire smile studio

Create the Perfect Smile with our Cosmetic Dentist in Los Angeles

Cosmetic Dentist Los Angeles Your smile is more than just an expression of happiness...


6 Things You Should Know About Dental Veneers

Veneers have been around for many years now, and they are becoming increasingly common...

15275952 - friendly dentist with female patient regular visit at dental surgery

The quality of Los Angeles dentistry practice

Best dentists are always sought of, by many people with dental problems.  It is...

Teeth checkup at dentist

Quality Modern Dentistry at it’s Best

Best dentistry Los Angeles The best asset that an individual can wear is a...

oral surgeon many smiles

Laser and Modern Dentistry Practices

Laser Dentist Los Angeles Probably, you are aware that they exist on your computer,...

Oral Health and Dental Health

Quality Dentistry You Can Count On: LA Dentist

If you have dental conditions that you have neglected due to your own personal...


January Is Thyroid Awareness Month!

Wilshire Smile Studio believes in enlightenment. We also believe that good oral health is...

jaw pain

Why You Need a General Dentist

Los Angeles General Dentist During first encounters, your smile is the first thing people...


The benefits of dental implants

The benefits of dental implants outweigh dentures after replacing your teeth. To create that...

36421336 - dentist examining a patients teeth in the dentists chair at the dental clinic

How to pick a veneers specialist in your area?

Veneers have become very popular with the general public. Almost anyone can get veneers...

oral surgeon many smiles

Teeth Whitening in Los Angeles

To bring back that natural, confident smile, you need to include the teeth whitening...


You May Have Sleep Apnea

As a Los Angeles dentist who discusses overall health issues with my patients, I’ve...

periodontist dentist

Are You in Need of Periodontist Services?

Keeping your dental health in perfect state is a top priority. While people seek...

tooth ache

How Emergency Dentistry Can Impact Your Smile

Emergency Dentist Los Angeles Sometimes, things happen when we least expect them. It is...

Illustration of teeth showing dental implant structure

The benefits of dental implants

Dental implants are the common way of tooth replacement in dentistry today. Most people...

24638997 - dentist teaching girl how to brush teeth

The medical practice of Dentistry in Los Angeles

Dentistry is one of the most critical medical practiced in the world.  It is...

gummy gummy smile

Rebuilding The Smile With Porcelain Veneers

Men and women who are born with naturally beautiful smiles love to share them...

cosmetic dentistry in los angeles

We Offer Lasting Cosmetic Dentistry

Best cosmetic dentist Los Angeles With the overwhelming demand and obsession for perfect appearances,...

47664111 - people, medicine, stomatology and healthcare concept - happy middle aged male dentist in white coat with tablet pc computer showing thumbs up at dental clinic office

Looking for Teeth in One Day at Los Angeles?

Do you have missing or broken teeth? Initially, it used to take at least...


As a Los Angeles dentist, I often see patients

As a Los Angeles dentist, I often see patients with missing teeth who are...

Wilshire smile dr twersky

How Awesome is Your Beverly Hills Dentist?

When the need to visit a dentist arises, it will be best if you...

47664111 - people, medicine, stomatology and healthcare concept - happy middle aged male dentist in white coat with tablet pc computer showing thumbs up at dental clinic office

Looking for a good Los Angeles dentist?

In Los Angeles, looking for a dentist is an easy task.  But, looking for...


Los Angeles Dentist Tells

As a Los Angeles dentist, I know many patients who have never had a...

76228791 - dentist examining female patient. stomatologist at the workplace. highly qualified doctor.

The procedure for getting a gum graft surgery

A gum graft is a treatment procedure that is normally requested if the gum...


Los Angeles Dentist Helps

Sports figures are now celebrities whose careers can be aided by cosmetic dentistry LOS...

cosmetic dentistry in los angeles

Invisalign Dentist in Los Angeles

Invisalign dentistry is a dental treatment procedure for crooked and misaligned teeth. If you...

Extraction Tooth

Tooth Extraction, Tooth Replacement and More

Often referred to as exodontia or tooth pulling, tooth extraction is a common dental...

tmj disorder

What Is TMJ?

The temporomandibular joint, also known as TMJ, is an articulating joint between the skull...


Emergency dentist in Los Angeles

In dentistry, there are emergency situations which usually require immediate attention. Such emergencies can...

Best Dentist in Los Angeles

4 Reasons Why We Are Your Dentist of Choice

Outstanding dental care is an integral part of the treatment process. When you have...


A Los Angeles Dentist Will Tell You



Leading Los Angeles Dentist Explains

As a Los Angeles dentist, I’ve found that many people have outdated ideas about...

periodontist dentist

Cosmetic Dentist Los Angeles

Cosmetic dentists in Los Angeles are specialized dentists in dental aesthetics. This type of...

Smiling dentist leaning against dentists chair in dental clinic

The best practicing L.A dentists

In seeking any kind of treatment, you would always want the best.  Dental treatment...

sleep apnea image

Sleep Apnea Home Remedies

Wilshire Smile Studio helps a variety of our patients deal with sleep apnea of...

ladentist pics (12)

Why We’re Offering Invisalign In Los Angeles

In the case where you are seeking orthodontic treatment, you might as well go...

oral surgeon - wilshire smile studio

When You Need Oral Surgery, We are the Surgeons to Help

In most cases, correcting dental concerns does not have to be complicated. Issues such...

Oral Health and Dental Health

Veneers Or Lumineers?

Have you ever sat down and considered getting veneers for your teeth? It may...

gummy smile

Reduced Tooth Sensitivity

For people with tooth sensitivity, eating an ice cream cone or enjoying a hot...


Los Angeles Dentist Advocates Mouth Guards

L.A. sports dentists at Wilshire Smile Studio (WSS) say customized mouth guards are vital...

the best dentist in Los Angeles

Common dental services offered in general dentistry

Every dentist in Los Angeles provides dental treatment services and consultation. However, only a...

TMJ Los Angeles

Stop If Are You Looking For A TMJ Los Angeles Professional

In case you have been experiencing pain when trying to move your jaws or...


Top LA Dentist Explains What You Must Know

Dental implants have only been recently perfected, a revolutionary development in 21st-century dentistry. If...

36421336 - dentist examining a patients teeth in the dentists chair at the dental clinic

What to consider when selecting an emergency dentist

The dental practice is becoming more and more popular with the general public. Owing...

Extraction Tooth

What Is Cosmetic Dentistry?

Don’t open the door wide open for anyone to try their hand at giving...


Living With TMJ

As the world continues to grow and globalize, it seems like life gets more...


Leading Los Angeles Dentist Gives Straight Talk

AS a Los Angeles dentist, I have a special perspective on the importance of...


The Importance Of Dental Implants

You might be surprised to know that, If you’re missing a tooth, you’re not...

Smiling dentist leaning against dentists chair in dental clinic

4 reasons why you should visit a dentist frequently

Most people do not fancy the idea of visiting a dentist. Dental care is...

beautiful woman pointing at toothy smile

We Offer Fast Emergency Dental Services

The last thing anyone wants to get involved in is an emergency medical case....

Dentist treatment at affordable prices

Lasting and Quality Dental Implants in Los Angeles

Dental Implants Los Angeles The constant advancements in technology especially in the dental fields...

the best dentist in Los Angeles

Your Dentist For All Your Dental Needs

Best dentist in Los Angeles The best dentists in Los Angeles are fully aware...

oral surgery proceedings

Tooth Extraction Procedures Made Easy

Tooth Extraction Los Angeles No one likes losing his or her natural teeth. However,...

Privacy Policy | Copyright 2002-2019 © Wilshire Smile Studio | Digital by DR.SEO