Dr. Dhivya Dilipkumar is one of the famous certified TMJ specialists in Chennai who specialises in treating Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ). Call +91 9884 520 520 to book an appointment.

Why Choose Dr. Dilip Dental Centre for TMJ Issues – TMJ Pain

Choose Dr. Dilip Dental Centre for expert care and personalized treatment plans for TMJ disorders.

Dr. Dhivya Dilipkumar, our TMJ specialist at Dr. Dilip Dental Centre, is the first orthodontist in India to have received a fellowship in oro-facial pain, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, and sleep disorders. She has received this esteemed fellowship from Roseman University, under the expert mentorship of Dr. Davis Thomas.

She has treated 1000+ TMJ patients suffering from chronic pain. Her track record of reviews and follow-ups of over 5 years with her patients is the key to her unanimously positive feedback as a medical practitioner.

Through her vast experience, modern facilities, and comprehensive approach, we offer a range of effective treatments. Receive compassionate care, patient education, and long-term wellness solutions for your TMJ pain. Take the first step towards a pain-free future by scheduling an appointment today. Your smile and well-being are our priorities.


The temperomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint that connects your mandible (lower jaw) to your skull. The joint is found on both sides of your head in front of your ears. It allows your jaw to open and close, enabling you to speak and eat.

TMJ disorders, also known as temperomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD), are a group of conditions that affect the TMJ and the surrounding muscles and ligaments. These disorders can cause a variety of symptoms.
Symptoms Includes:
  • Jaw pain
  • Jaw clicking and popping
  • Pain while eating
  • Ear pain
  • Ear ringing & stuffiness
  • Pain in/around eyes
  • Tightness in head
  • Headaches/dizziness
  • Stiff or sore jaw muscles
  • Pain in the temple area
  • Locking of the jaw joint
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TMJ issues can either be a joint problem that leads to clicking sounds, or a muscle problem which leads to pain in the facial region.

Joint Problems:

i) Disk displacement with reduction

When the articular disc is outside the fossa, but able to come back to position, ensuring in a clicking/popping sound.

ii) Disk displacement without reduction

When disk displacement is chronic, there is a difficulty in opening the mouth (known as closed lock). This happens when the articular disk is displaced without getting reduced.

Muscle problems:
Muscle tightness can lead to several other symptoms such as headaches, facial pains, migraines, pain in/around eyes.
What Are Risk Factors for TMJ Syndrome?
There are a number of factors that can increase your risk of developing TMJ syndrome, including:
When stressed out, your facial muscles are contracted, which leads to muscle spasms in the face, consequently causing trigger points in those muscles. The pain from these trigger points are transferred to other areas, which causes headaches and facial pain, akin to migraines.

Women are more likely to develop TMJ syndrome than men.


TMJ syndrome is more common in adults between the ages of 20 and 40.

Pain tolerance:
People who are more sensitive to pain may be more likely to develop TMJ syndrome.
Some people may be more genetically predisposed to developing TMJ syndrome.
Occupational factors: 
People who clench or grind their teeth, or who have jobs that involve a lot of jaw movement, may be more likely to develop TMJ syndrome.
A jaw injury can increase your risk of developing TMJ syndrome.

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Our TMJ Specialist in Chennai:

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Prof. Dr. Dhivya Dilipkumar Mds, Phd, F.tmd, F. Ofp, Fsl, Fdsm

Orthodontist, Orofacial/TMJ Pain Specialist & Sleep Disorder Specialist


What is the difference between TMJ and TMD?

TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, while TMD stands for temporomandibular joint dysfunction. TMD is a group of conditions that affect the TMJ and the surrounding muscles and ligaments.

How do we diagnose your TMJ Problems?

The treatment for TMJ syndrome will vary depending on the individual case. Some common treatments include:

Muscle Palpation:

Dr. Dhivya Dilipkumar will palpate your muscles to find out which muscle is in spasm. After identification of these muscles, you will be required to take blood tests to rule out systemic factors. Based on these factors, your condition will be diagnosed based on the causative systems i.e. muscles, arteries, nerves, etc. around the face. In case of a muscle issue, the particular muscle is treated.


Medications are given temporarily for pain relief.

Physical Therapy

As issues often arise from muscle spasms, physical therapy is recommended to relieve stress from the muscles. Our in-house physiotherapy clinic offers dedicated physiotherapy for the facial muscles to achieve this.

Trigger Point Injections:

These are the mainstay of TMJ issue treatment. Dr. Dhivya Dilipkumar is the only specialist in India to have received specialised training for trigger point injections. She administers specific trigger point injections for the target areas. For some muscles where direct administration is not feasible, ultrasound trigger point injections are administered, in collaboration with a musculoskeletal radiologist.

Treatment of Disk Displacements

Treatment is performed using splints only after significant relief from spasms. If the disk is displaced entirely, a surgical procedure is performed, known as arthrocentesis.
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If you are experiencing similar TMJ symptoms, please contact us through the below avenues. For further information, you can also watch our YouTube videos where Dr. Dhivya Dilipkumar elucidates key exercises and massages to provide temporary relief from pain.

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