TMJ Pain Specialist

Karen E Guinn, DDS -  - Orthodontist

The Smile Agency Orthodontics & Smile Design

Karen E Guinn, DDS

Orthodontist & TMJ Specialist located in Downtown Pasadena, CA & West Covina, CA

Pain in your temporomandibular joints (TMJs) can lead to headaches, jaw locking, and other complications. At The Smile Agency Orthodontics & Smile Design in West Covina and Pasadena, California, orthodontist Karen Guinn, DDS, offers innovative treatments for TMJ pain including Botox® and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS). To find out if your TMJ pain needs professional intervention, call The Smile Agency Orthodontics & Smile Design or book an appointment online today.

TMJ Pain Q & A

What is TMJ pain?

TMJ pain is pressure, discomfort, or tension affecting your temporomandibular joints. These joints connect your lower jaw to the temples on either side of your head. The joints are responsible for any movements you make with your mouth, whether you’re yawning, chewing or speaking.

Persistent TMJ pain results in a complication called TMJ disorder. You can develop TMJ disorder because of teeth grinding, jaw clenching, misalignment, poor posture, arthritis, and other conditions and behaviors.

Teeth grinding, a common contributor to TMJ pain, often occurs when you sleep. In fact, you might not even realize that you do it until you come to The Smile Agency Orthodontics & Smile Design with TMJ pain and evidence of damage on the surfaces of your teeth.

If teeth grinding contributes to your TMJ pain, Dr. Guinn can help you find a treatment to relieve your ongoing discomfort.

What are some common symptoms associated with TMJ pain?

In many cases, TMJ pain does not stand alone. You might experience other symptoms with your TMJ pain that cause even more discomfort and frustration. Your TMJ pain might come with:

  • Persistent headaches
  • Earaches
  • Popping or clicking when you move your jaw
  • Jaw locking
  • Jaw tension


Certain symptoms, like headaches and earaches, might not seem related to your TMJ pain. Still, treatments for TMJ pain at The Smile Agency Orthodontics & Smile Design can help you find relief from them, too.

How is TMJ pain treated?

At The Smile Agency Orthodontics & Smile Design, Dr. Guinn offers several modern treatments to help ease your TMJ pain. She might also recommend home care like over-the-counter pain relievers or heat and ice therapy. For professional treatment, she might recommend:

Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)

TENS therapy delivers low-level electrical impulses to the muscles in your face and jaw. These impulses help the muscles relax to relieve tension and pain.

Botox®

Botox is an injectable drug containing a neurotoxin that inhibits muscle movements for months. Strategically placed Botox injections can provide long-term relief from muscle tension in your face leading to TMJ pain.

Night guards

If teeth grinding contributes to your TMJ pain, Dr. Guinn might recommend a custom-fit night guard to prevent teeth grinding while you sleep.

To find out more about TMJ pain and explore its treatment treatments, call The Smile Agency Orthodontics & Smile Design or book an appointment online today.