Woman holding jaw in pain.

If you suffer from:

  • Tension headaches
  • Facial soreness
  • Jaw pain

You may have temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder.

These consistent symptoms negatively impact your quality of life and overall health.

But, there’s good news.

In this quick blog, you’ll find out how to cure TMJ disorder permanently.

Let’s get started.

What causes TMJ disorder?

Your temporomandibular joints connect your lower jaw to your skull.

These joints are responsible for chewing, talking, and swallowing.

When your jaw is misaligned or inflamed, TMJ disorder occurs.

Since your TMJ is responsible for facial actions you use often, your normal routine may become disruptive or painful.

In addition, symptoms may flare up due to:

  • Teeth grinding (bruxism)
  • Arthritis
  • Stress
  • Dental trauma

Keep reading to find out how to treat TMJ disorder and eliminate pain.

How to treat TMJ disorder

There are at-home remedies you can do to relieve TMJ pain.

But keep in mind:

The only way to cure TMJ disorder permanently is to seek professional help.

Apply a hot or cold compress

A hot compress may soothe and relax your facial muscles to relieve soreness.

On the other hand:

A cold compress can temporarily reduce swelling and pain.

This depends on your personal preference for temperature.

Reduce stress


Stress can cause TMJ symptoms to flare up.

It impacts more than your mental health, leading to physical discomfort throughout your body as well.

Finding ways to reduce stress may allow you to loosen and relax your jaw.

Some activities include:

  • Meditation
  • Yoga
  • Breathing exercises

Avoid bad habits

Bad habits include:

  • Grinding your teeth at night
  • Biting your nails
  • Eating hard or sticky foods
  • Chewing gum

These can irritate your jaw and lead to symptom flare-ups.

Although these remedies may temporarily relieve pain, professional help is the only way to cure TMJ disorder permanently.

Who treats TMJ disorder?

The best type of doctor to see for TMJ disorder pain is a dentist.

A dentist treats more than your teeth.

Dentists are specialized and trained to know your oral anatomy and facial muscles as a whole.


TMJ disorder is typically caused by a misaligned jaw, which your dentist can correctly identify and treat.

A TMJ dentist will recommend treatment and therapy to eliminate your TMJ pain permanently.

Treatment may include:

  • Manual muscle therapy
  • Ultrasound
  • Microcurrents


Not all dentists have the necessary experience to diagnose and treat TMJ pain.

When searching for a TMJ dentist, you want to thoroughly look for credentials and training specifically with TMJ treatment.

This includes certification in TruDenta┬«.… This text opens a new tab to the TruDenta website…

TruDenta certified doctors use the latest technology to examine your head, neck, and jaw, and recommend treatment based on their diagnosis.

What sets Bay Breeze Dentistry in Portsmouth apart

Bay Breeze Dentistry is proud to offer holistic TMJ relief.

Dr. Carmen Santana-Paine focuses on restorative dentistry based on the natural biology of your dental system.

Her priority is to use minimally invasive and conservative methods when possible.

In addition:

Dr. Santana-Paine fixes the root cause of the problem rather than just treating the symptoms.

Our office uses the TruDenta System to provide a pain-free, drug-free, and needle-free solution for permanent pain relief.

Are you ready to get your life back?


Our office is conveniently located in Portsmouth, NH. We welcome all patients from surrounding communities, including the Seacoast towns of Rye, Greenland, Stratham, Exeter, Newcastle, Dover, Durham, Hampton, Hampton Falls, North Hampton, and our neighboring states, Maine and Massachusetts.