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TMJ Treatment & Teeth Grinding

If your jaw frequently hurts or you often find yourself grinding your teeth, let our knowledgeable staff assess your situation and develop a customized treatment plan to relax your jaw joint so it can heal. Dr. Shepherd completed extensive research on TMJ issues and how best to treat them while attending the prestigious Harvard School of Dental Medicine, so you know you’re in good hands here!

TMJ Disorder Defined

TMJ, short for “temporomandibular joint,” is just a fancy term for your jaw joints. Because these joints are complex, there is the potential for various problems to arise. Usually, the main cause of concern is that your jaw joint is not getting a chance to rest, so your tissue becomes inflamed. This impairs proper functioning.

You will need to see one of our trained professionals for a proper diagnosis, but if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you may have a TMJ disorder (TMD):\

  • A jaw that gets “stuck” open or closed
  • Clicking or popping sounds in your jaw when you open your mouth wide
  • Swelling, tenderness, and sensitivity in your jaw
  • Migraines and headaches, as well as teeth grinding

Treatment Options

When you arrive at our office, we will discuss your situation with you to better diagnose the cause of your discomfort. We offer three main treatment methods to relax and heal your jaw joints.


Custom mouthguards

These prevent you from grinding your teeth and allow your jaw to rest. Because your mouthguard will be custom made, we ensure that it feels comfortable and fits you perfectly.

Cosmetic treatments

These help to relieve tension in your jaw. Many of our patients experience relief from headaches, jaw pain, and other symptoms in as little as one day following treatment! 


Massage therapy

This approach can do wonders in treating TMD and teeth grinding. As a former massage therapist, Dr. Shepherd will find your trigger points, relieve your discomfort, and show you how to treat the tension yourself!

Make an Appointment

Though pain relief is a motivating force in seeking out treatment for TMD and teeth grinding, if these issues are left unattended, they can lead to other more serious problems. So, don’t wait! Come see us at Rio Rancho Dental Associates and take care of your smile.


Tue - Thu:
7:30 AM - 4 PM


2200 Grande Blvd SE Suite A,
Rio Rancho, NM 87124

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