TMJ Specialist

Robert A. Rees, DDS -  - Comprehensive Dentistry

Robert A. Rees, DDS

Comprehensive Dentistry & General Dentistry located in La Jolla, CA

Your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a sliding hinge jaw joint that enables you to bite, chew, and speak. Because this joint is prone to stress and overuse — especially if you grind your teeth — you can undergo innovative TMJ therapy solutions at the office of Robert A Rees, DDS in La Jolla, California. Before suffering from jaw, neck, and head pain another day, see how Dr. Rees can help. Use on the online booking tool to request an appointment or call the office to schedule your next visit.

TMJ Q & A

What causes TMJ?

Temporomandibular joint disorder, commonly called TMJ or TMD, is a common disorder that leads to severe facial and head pain. The exact cause of TMJ isn’t always known, although dental and medical experts find that the following factors can increase your risk:

  • Arthritis 
  • Jaw injury
  • Connective tissue disease
  • Clenching or grinding (bruxism)


In some cases, the protective disc in your jaw joint erodes because of overuse as you get older. Sometimes that disc can also slip out of alignment triggering your symptoms. 

When should I see a dentist for TMJ?

Without proper treatment, TMJ can turn into a chronic pain issue that disrupts your sleep and daily life. It can lead to lockjaw, and if your TMJ is associated with grinding, you also risk losing tooth enamel. You should come into the practice of Robert A Rees, DDS, for a TMJ evaluation if you’re experiencing any of the following issues:

  • Jaw tenderness
  • Pain around your ear
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Frequent headaches 
  • Tooth sensitivity 
  • Clicking or popping in your jaw
  • Pain while chewing or speaking


If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, whether they’re minor or severe, schedule an evaluation right away. Dr. Rees gathers on-site X-rays and performs a comprehensive dental exam, so you can work together to design a personalized TMJ therapy plan. 

What is TMJ therapy?

TMJ therapy involves treating your current TMJ flare-up and helping you prevent further jaw joint issues. Your TMJ therapy plan from the office of Robert A Rees, DDS, may include any of the following treatments:

  • Occlusal appliances, such as a custom night guard  
  • Physical therapy and jaw-strengthening exercises
  • Pain-relieving medications
  • Corticosteroid injections


Dr. Rees generally finds that these types of conservative TMJ therapy solutions help you get relief and prevent further damage to your teeth. But in some cases, oral surgery is necessary. If needed, Dr. Rees can use minimally invasive measures to correct structural issues that may be causing your TMJ discomfort so that you can experience lasting relief. 

Before suffering from TMJ another day, contact the office of Robert A Rees, DDS. Click on the online booking tool or call the office to book a visit by phone today.