Seattle TMJ Treatment
Seattle TMJ Treatment
Your temporomandibular joint — or “TMJ” for short — is the hinged area on either side of your mandible, or jaw. Since you rely on the dynamics of your TMJ movement thousands of times per day, it can be debilitating if pain or limited range of motion becomes a concern.
When a person’s TMJ functions abnormally, we refer to this condition as TMJ disorder, or TMD for short. However, most people simply refer to their problem as “having TMJ.” If you are suffering from any type of jaw pain in Seattle, please give us a call right away.
Symptoms of TMJ Disorder/TMD
How can you tell if there’s something wrong with your TMJ? Some of the symptoms our Seattle TMJ dentist will look for include:
- Limited opening
- Deviation when opening/closing
- Popping and clicking noises
- Joint pain
- Headaches or migraines
- Worn teeth
- Prominent facial/jaw muscles
- Bruxism (clenching and grinding)
- Sleep apnea
- Stressful lifestyle
- Tooth misalignment
Treatment for TMJ Pain
Our TMJ treatments in Seattle begin with non-invasive strategies that train your jaw muscles to relax and lessen the tension around your joints. For example, we may recommend fitting you with an advanced bite guard or splint to wear while you’re sleeping or on the commute home, when symptoms like clenching are at their most severe.
In some situations, treatment for TMD may include orthodontic therapy or replacing missing teeth with dental implants. When your bite functions efficiently, your TMJ won’t have to compromise its normal movements to bring your teeth fully together.
As surprising as it sounds, cosmetic injectables are also gaining popularity for treating TMJ pain. As natural muscle relaxers, these products ease tension headaches to lessen the pain caused by overuse.
Our experienced dentists will want to make sure that your bite is calibrated. This process sometimes calls for minor modifications to your chewing surfaces or replacing existing restorations.
Holistic TMJ Therapies
Fortunately, most TMJ management can be completed without invasive, irreversible, or oral surgery procedures. And thanks to advanced platelet rich plasma/stem cell technology, our Seattle dentists can help your body recover quicker than ever before. When it comes to muscle fatigue and trauma, PRP therapies give you a holistic advantage over more aggressive types of TMD treatment.
This FDA-approved therapy is safely and efficiently performed in our private practice. Studies show that PRP improves healing and recovery times compared to traditional therapies performed without it.
Experiencing Jaw Pain?
If you are ready to relieve your jaw pain and reduce muscle tension it’s time to see a trusted dentist. Call 4th & Seneca Dental for high quality, experienced care.