TMJ Therapy in Thousand Oaks, CA

TMJ Disorders - Prism Dental Group, Thousand Oaks Dentist

Eliminate Jaw Pain With Dr. Siddappa

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects both sides of your skull to your lower jaw. If this joint gets injured or irritated, it can lead to a painful condition known as a TMJ disorder (TMD).

TMD causes severe pain and stiffness in your jaw, in addition to a wide range of other symptoms. Explore our guide to learn more about this harmful disorder and how Dr. Siddappa can offer relief.

Causes of TMD

Some common causes of TMJ disorders include: 

  • Clenching or grinding your teeth, also known as bruxism
  • Osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis in your TMJ
  • A dislocated disc between the ball and socket of your TMJ
  • Missing teeth 

Symptoms of TMD 

Call our practice right away and schedule a consultation to evaluate your TMJ if you notice any of the following symptoms: 

  • Recurring pain and stiffness in your jaw
  • Clicking and popping sounds when you move your jaw
  • Facial swelling and pain 
  • Neck pain
  • Headaches 
  • Earaches or tinnitus
  • Toothaches

Our TMJ Treatment Solutions

The most common cause of TMJ pain is grinding your teeth overnight. To combat this, Dr. Siddappa can customize a nightguard just for you that will keep your teeth apart and relieve the pressure in your jaw. A nightguard will also help to prevent additional symptoms down the line, such as your teeth shifting out of alignment. 

In more severe cases of TMD, a nightguard may not be enough. If necessary, Dr. Siddappa can provide orthodontic treatment, dental implants, jaw surgery, and other solutions to eliminate your TMJ pain. 

Visit Prism Dental Group For TMJ Treatment 

If frequent jaw pain is impacting your quality of life, we can provide the relief you need. Call our Thousand Oaks dental practice at

(805) 241-5353 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Siddappa. She’ll evaluate your symptoms and develop a customized treatment plan just for you. We look forward to seeing you in our office!  

Frequently Asked Questions

When should I see a dentist for TMJ problems? 

If you’re suffering from ongoing pain or stiffness in your jaw, it’s a good idea to schedule an appointment with Dr. Siddappa. Though there’s no guarantee your pain is being caused by a TMJ issue, Dr. Siddappa can provide you with a definitive diagnosis so you know for sure. 

If it turns out that you do have TMD, she’ll work with you to find an ideal treatment solution for your condition. 

Should I be worried if my jaw pops when I chew? 

Popping or clicking sounds when you move your jaw is one of the most common signs of a TMJ disorder. These sounds are usually most noticeable when you talk, chew, or yawn. If you’re experiencing this, call our Thousand Oaks practice and schedule a consultation with Dr. Siddappa. 

Can TMJ disorder cause hearing loss? 

Your TMJ is located next to your ear, so any problems with the joint can potentially affect your hearing. Many patients report earaches and tinnitus as a symptom of their TMJ disorder. Total hearing loss is highly unusual, but it has happened in rare cases. This is yet another reason that it’s crucial to treat your TMJ issues as soon as possible. 

Can TMJ disorder cause sinus headaches? 

Recurring headaches are a common symptom of TMD. This is often connected to grinding your teeth, which can build pressure in your sinuses and lead to headaches. However, many people suffer from sinus headaches that are totally unrelated to TMD, which can lead to a misdiagnosis in some cases. That’s why it’s crucial to visit Dr. Siddappa for a TMJ evaluation and make sure you’re getting the treatment you need.