TMJ Treatment / Teeth Grinding

Dr. Gilbert on clenching and grinding

TMJ disorder can cause you pain and leave you searching for answers. Bright Star Dental in Las Cruces, NM has the answers you’re looking for with TMJ treatment. TMJ disorder is often mistaken for other ailments, so it’s important to see a dentist like Dr. Gilbert with the experience to correctly diagnose you and provide the treatment you need. Ready for relief? Call our office at 575-635-4008 to schedule your appointment today.

What Is TMJ?

TMJ actually refers to the temporomandibular joint. This is the joint that connects your jawbone to the rest of your skull. When people talk about TMJ, what they are referring to is TMJ disorder, or TMD. This disorder can cause you pain and discomfort whenever you use your jaw.

TMJ Causes


While modern dentistry does not know what definitively causes TMJ disorders, we do know what contributes to their development.

  • Trauma to the Area
  • Whiplash
  • Grinding Your Teeth (Also a Symptom of TMJ)
  • Arthritis
  • Issues within the Joint
  • Misaligned Bite

TMJ Symptoms

TMJ disorders have many symptoms. Here are some you need to look out for:

  • Jaw Pain
  • Grinding Your Teeth
  • Swelling in Your Jaw or Face
  • Clicking or Grinding in Your Jaw
  • Lockjaw
  • Headaches and Migraines

TMJ Treatment

Bright Star Dental can help you control the symptoms of TMJ. We can recommend a variety of TMJ treatment, including:

  • Muscle relaxants
  • Pain medication
  • Oral appliances to take the pressure off your TMJ and prevent teeth grinding

Let Bright Star Dental Relieve Your TMJ Pain

Trust our expert dental staff in Las Cruces, NM to diagnose your TMD and help you find the relief you desperately need. Call our office at 575-635-4008 or use our online form to schedule an appointment.

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