Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ) Therapy


Dr Z Smiles is proud to offer TMJ therapy to men and women who suffer from temporomandibular joint disorder. This condition typically causes pain and uncomfortable movement of the jaw and surrounding muscles. Common symptoms include clicking or locking of the jaw, teeth grinding (bruxism), and trouble chewing. If you suspect you have TMJ and are in need of treatment, call our dental offices in Aventura and Miami, FL to set up an appointment with Dr. Zuzel Trujillo. As a skilled and highly trained dentist, Dr. Zuzel can assess your condition to determine which treatment will be best for you.

Possible Problems

What to Expect

Upon a diagnosis of TMJ, your dentist will discuss several treatment strategies to try before recommending an invasive, surgical procedure. These treatments may include:

  • Restorative dental work to align the bite
  • Oral appliance therapy (such as a retainer or the use of a night guard while sleeping)
  • Orthodontic treatment
  • If the above treatments are unsuccessful, then surgical intervention may be necessary. This may include joint repair, joint restructuring, or arthroscopy of the jaw joint. Dr. Zuzel will refer you to a medical professional for a further assessment.

Treatment Aftercare


Dr. Zuzel may recommend things you can do to help with the discomfort besides just using medication for muscle spasms, inflammation, anxiety, and pain. It is important to exercise your jaw and rest it when needed. Be mindful of stress so that you are not grinding or clenching your teeth. Avoid chewy foods and eat a soft diet to prevent unnecessary inflammation. Use heat and ice when needed to help with the pain. Also, having good posture also plays a role in your neck and jaw alignment.


Help Yourself & Relieve TMJ


We can help relieve your TMJ pain with pain management strategies, oral appliances (night guards), and surgery. Whatever the reason is for your pain, we will help you treat this condition of the jaw. Call our dental practice today and schedule your appointment for a TMJ consultation at your earliest convenience.