6325 Topanga Canyon Blvd. Suite 228, Woodland Hills, CA 91367
Financing Available

TMJ Treatment Q & A

What is TMJ?

TMJ is short for temporomandibular-joint disorder, but is commonly referred to as TMJ. The temporomandibular joint is a hinge joint where your jawbone connects to the upper jaw and skull. When the joint is not functioning properly due to misalignment, inflammation, or other reasons, it can result in jaw and neck pain, clicking or popping in the joint, trouble chewing, headaches and in severe cases the jaw can get stuck or locked in an open position. The primary causes of TMJ are grinding of the teeth or habitual clenching of the jaw, as well as misdirected growth of the mandible. TMJ occurs in both children and adults, and considering Dr. Shokri’s keen focus on prevention, she encourages parents to bring their children in for mandible and maxilla formation evaluation, to prevent TMJ from occurring in children as they get older. The disorder can also occur from traumatic injuries causing misalignment in the joint, such as playing contact sports, a motor vehicle accident, or even banging your head.

TMJ Pain TMJ Pain Location Jaw Muscles on a Human Skull

How does Dr. Shokri diagnose TMJ?

When patients talk to Dr. Shokri about pain in their jaw, headaches, earaches, trouble sleeping, or a popping sensation in the jaw when they chew, Dr. Shokri conducts a physical exam and a state of the art 3D scanning tool to take in-depth images of the patient’s teeth, jaw, head, and neck to support her diagnosis. The 3D images provided by her Galileo scanner show her the alignment of the teeth and jaw, which helps her to identify any issues that indicate that TMJ is present.

Examination of the Human Jaw Jaw Bone Examination Side Shot of the Human Jaw

Why should I choose Dr. Shokri to treat my TMJ?

If Dr. Shokri diagnoses TMJ, there are a variety of treatments available, depending on the severity of the condition. Patients benefit from her expertise in providing gradual and gentle treatments. Dr. Shokri is an advocate of early treatment and suggests that children have the formation of their jaws, airways, etc be evaluated from the ages 5 and up. Considering her early detection methods, she ensures that TMJ is treated promptly so it doesn’t run into more extensive symptoms.


I love this place, i was recommended by a friend of mines, The vip experience they deliver is epic.... Very caring and attentive, and super clean i love the staff specially the dentist.... Cant wait to go back

- Ralph R. Los Angeles

Dr Shokri has been my dentist for 17 years. When I first started seeing her she had an office in Brentwood. Even though it now takes me sometimes an hour to drive to see her, I cannot imagine seeing another dentist. She is caring & professional & has a gentle touch. Highly recommended!!!!

- Abba Z. Marina del Rey

Just had a crown and two cavities filled. Both Dr. Shokri and Sami are extremely professional and friendly. My two hour appointment went flawless. I highly recommend Dr. Shokri for any dental procedure you need as she is one of the best dentist I ever had worked on my teeth.

- Bruce H. Los Angeles

I'm no stranger to a dentist and by far this dentist is patient, thorough, and knows how to do her job while keeping the patient( me) calm. With the music, videos, and her relaxed demeanor, I'm not afraid to go to the dentist! This is my first Yelp review and I joined just to make this post.

- Linda C. Los Angeles

I called day of to make a last minute appt and was seen later that day. I have had fever blisters since I was a teen and saw they do a rare laser treatment to speed healing. Dr. Shokri was polite and answered all my questions. She used three laser treatments and the healing and pain reduction was immediate. Will definitely come back.

- Erin R. Los Angeles

I really recommend Dr. Shokri and the team at their dental office. Best experience ever since I went for the first time. She's doing an amazing job taking care of my teeth. Very happy with Dr. Mojgan Shokri!

- Erica M. Los Angeles
pinhole surgery logo
up arrow