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TMJ Specialist

Stadium Dental & Orthodontics

Sekhar Chakka, DDS

General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Rancho Cucamonga, CA

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects your jawbone to your skull. It acts like a hinge, which makes it vulnerable to injury. Every year, around 12% of Americans experience TMJ disorder — pain in the joint and muscles that control jaw movement — and it most commonly affects women. Sekhar Chakka, DDS, and his team offer effective TMJ treatment at Stadium Dental & Orthodontics in Rancho Cucamonga, California. If you suffer from jaw pain, call the practice today or request an appointment online.


What is a TMJ disorder?

A TMJ disorder is anything that affects the temporomandibular joint — the joint that attaches the jawbone to the skull. The many reasons why you might suffer from a TMJ disorder include: 

  • Grinding or clenching your teeth
  • Dental surgery
  • Physical injury
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Arthritis
  • Infection

Dr. Chakka first looks for the root cause of your TMJ disorder so that he can create an individualized care plan to treat the pain and prevent it from returning.

What are the symptoms of a TMJ disorder?

TMJ symptoms vary significantly, depending on their cause. However, dental professionals agree that some symptoms are more common than others. These include:

  • Jaw pain and jaw joint discomfort
  • Clicking or popping when opening or closing your mouth
  • Temporary jaw lock
  • Pain when chewing
  • Chronic headaches
  • Ringing in the ears

If you experience any of these symptoms, schedule a consultation with Dr. Chakka.

How is a TMJ disorder treated?

TMJ disorders can get better without treatment other than rest and time. However, if the pain continues over an extended period, Dr. Chakka can recommend a treatment plan to address the pain and its root cause. Your treatment can include:

Muscle relaxants

Muscle relaxants treat TMJ disorders caused by muscle spasms.


Anti-inflammatories and pain relievers ease TMJ pain. Usually, over-the-counter medication is sufficient. If not, Dr. Chakka can prescribe a stronger medication.

Physical therapy

Physical therapy can treat TMJ. Successful procedures include heat and ice, jaw-stretching and jaw-strengthening exercises, and ultrasound.

Ongoing counseling

In many cases, it’s possible to take precautions to prevent TMJ from coming back. If this applies to your TMJ disorder, Dr. Chakka talks you through ways to reduce the risk of it happening again.

Dr. Chakka creates an individualized care plan based on your condition and its cause.

What are the benefits of TMJ treatment?

Untreated TMJ can affect your general health as well as your oral health. The benefits of TMJ treatment include:

  • Preventing further damage
  • Reducing or removing the reliance on pain-relieving medicine
  • Restoring your chewing function
  • Protecting your ear health
  • Improving your quality of life

Dr. Chakka and the Stadium Dental & Orthodontics team use advanced, innovative dental technologies when treating TMJ. If you think you’re suffering from a TMJ disorder, call the practice today or request an appointment online.