Call our office today to schedule your appointment!

TMJ Treatment in Zachary, LA

Pointing to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) on a model school
Contact us at 225-654-2212 to schedule an appointment in our Zachary, LA office.

What Is TMJ Treatment?

TMJ stands for the temporomandibular joints. These joints connect the upper and lower jaws. The joints may suffer from TMJ syndrome when:

  • The cartilage inside sustains damage from arthritis
  • The jaw receives a blow or other injury
  • The disk inside the joint erodes or becomes misaligned
  • You experience chronic teeth clenching or grinding

TMJ disorder responds to multiple types of treatment:

Conservative Management

Using hot and cold packs to help relax the joint and reduce inflammation is one of the most effective methods. Learning relaxation, massage, and stretching techniques from your dentist can help to soothe the area.

Avoid hard, crunchy, and chewy foods during TMJ flare-ups. As much as possible, try to reduce stress in your life or manage it using techniques like meditation. Over-the-counter pain medications can help, as can prescription muscle relaxers.

Mouthguards and Splints

Dentists can also prescribe custom mouthguards or splints to help prevent teeth grinding at night. These individually made appliances are highly effective at reducing the symptoms of TMJ.


Jaw surgery may be necessary when all other treatment options have been exhausted.

Signs You Need TMJ Treatment

  • Pain in the face, jaw, or ears
  • Pain in the temporomandibular joints
  • Difficulty chewing without pain
  • Jaw locking
  • Clicking or grating sound when you chew or open your mouth

Why Choose Fallin Family Dentistry?

Dr. Lance Fallin and Dr. Shelly Fallin work together to bring you high-quality dental care in a modern, friendly setting. We treat all of our patients with care, compassion, and respect. We can help you manage your TMJ disorder using multiple methods.

Frequently Asked Questions About TMJ Treatment

What is the connection between stress and TMJ?
You may clench or grind your teeth more often if you feel excessive stress levels. Grinding and clenching cause muscle tension which affects the joint. Many people find relief from TMJ symptoms when they try to reduce stress in their daily lives.
What are some activities I should avoid when my TMJ flares up?
Consider avoiding eating tough, sticky foods like steak and candy. Avoid yelling, yawning, or singing since these involve wide jaw movements.
Can I live with TMJ without treatment?

If you leave TMJ to develop without treatment, you may need more aggressive intervention in the future. Prompt treatment will help you avoid future complications like arthritis and the need for surgery.

What are some risk factors for TMJ?

  • Chronic stress
  • Chewing gum
  • Biting your nails
  • Jaw injuries
  • Teeth grinding or bruxism
  • Jaw misalignment
  • Poor posture
  • Genetic factors
If my jaw pops and clicks, should I be evaluated for TMJ?
Jaw popping and clicking on its own may not signal a need for TMJ treatment, but you should consider visiting us for an evaluation.

Call Fallin Family Dentistry

If you suffer from any of the symptoms listed above, you know that TMJ can significantly impact your quality of life. Our treatment options can help relieve your pain and allow you to relax again. Please call Fallin Family Dentistry at 225-654-2212 for more information or to make an appointment.

Contact our office today to schedule your appointment!

Fallin Family Dentistry
1338 Church St
Zachary, LA 70791
Appointment Request
First Name
Last Name