TMJ Pain and How Your Dentist Can Help


You probably already know that dental pain is not something that should be overlooked. Most dental discomfort and pain is a warning sign that there is a problem with your oral health. But did you know that many seemingly unrelated symptoms could be signs of TMJ? It’s a more common problem than many people think, and TMJ doesn’t just affect your jaw. It can prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep, and cause a great deal of discomfort as you eat or speak. Thankfully, there are ways your dentist can help relieve your pain, and get you back to enjoying your life again.

What Are the Symptoms of TMJ?

There are a number of symptoms that can indicate a Temporomandibular Disorder, such as TMJ, including:

  • Severe headaches, like migraines
  • Discomfort or a popping sound when you open your mouth
  • Stiffness of your jaw
  • Spasms or soreness, not only in your jaw, but also in your face, neck or even shoulders
  • Ringing in your ears, or persistent ear pain
  • Irritability or tiredness, even after a full night’s sleep

How Your Dentist Can Help?

The simplest form of TMJ treatment is through the use of an oral appliance, much like a mouth guard used during sports. Your dentist can have a custom-fit tray made that will help align your teeth as you sleep, preventing bruxism (nighttime teeth grinding) and keeping your jaw comfortable throughout the night.

Some patients may also benefit from Invisalign treatment, which uses a series of clear aligner trays to gradually move teeth into better alignment. Over time, this can be the best form of treating TMJ pain, because it helps the jaw align more comfortably. Invisalign is a nearly unidentifiable form of orthodontic treatment, with many of the same benefits of traditional orthodontia, plus less embarrassment and discomfort.


Dr. Keelan and our dedicated team at Keelan Dental offer patients the comfortable, convenient dental care that everyone needs and deserves. To schedule an initial consultation, or your next dental appointment, call our office in Butler, PA at (724) 285-4153. We proudly welcome patients of all ages from Butler, Cranberry Township, Mars, Pittsburgh, Butler County, and all surrounding communities.