Bright32 – Airway Dentistry – SHORELINE, WA
TMJ Relief in Shoreline, WA
How TMJ Affects Your Overall Health
TMJ or TMD as it is also called, refers to our temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and is one of the most important joints of our body as it allows us to chew and move our jaw. The joint connects our upper jaw in front of our ear to our lower jaw creating a “ball in socket” motion that allows our mouth to open and close comfortably. When there is inflammation or deterioration of the disc between the joint, it creates a painful condition that can lead to difficulty chewing, speaking, and even yawning properly.
Unfortunately there is no single cause for a TMJ disorder, but a majority of people experience this condition because of misaligned teeth, chronic clenching and grinding, stress, or trauma. Treatment will depend on the severity of the disorder, but at Bright 32 Family Dentistry, we will look at your entire dental and medical profile to determine the right course of treatment for you.
If you suffer from jaw pain or think you may need to talk to a dental professional, schedule a consultation with Dr. Brenner today to discuss your options.
TMJ Treatment at Bright 32
There are several symptoms of a TMJ disorder. Symptoms will depend on if you have a mild case or an extreme condition, which at times may feel debilitating and hopeless. The most common signs of TMJ include headaches, jaw clicking and popping, painful eating, a locking jaw, neck pain, and ear ringing.
At Bright 32 Family Dentistry our team is dedicated to your overall health. If you suffer from TMJ or want to discuss your symptoms with a dental professional, schedule a virtual consultation with Dr. Brenner so he can look for signs and symptoms and help you determine your next course of action. In the diagnosis of TMJ, 3-D X-rays are going to be imperative. Dr. Brenner can review any X-rays completed prior to your consultation as a complimentary service so your conversation can be as effective as possible.
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Benefits of TMJ Treatment
- Fewer headaches and earaches
- Ability to chew and eat food normally through bite correction
- Ringing of the ears or tinnitus ends
Is TMJ disorder preventable?
Most people are unable to avoid TMJ disorder, especially if they have an underlying health condition like arthritis. However, it is important to avoid excessive gum chewing and to protect your mouth from trauma by wearing a mouth guard when appropriate.
What is the treatment for TMJ disorder?
Dr. Brenner will thoroughly evaluate your clinical symptoms and imaging to determine the best course of treatment for you. Most people are able to manage their symptoms with home care remedies, but others require bite guards and splints, medications, joint injections, and physical therapy.
How much does TMJ treatment cost?
Exact pricing for your treatment can only be determined after an exam. At Bright 32 Family Dentistry we accept most major dental insurances, offer an in-office membership program, as well as provide flexible financing options to reduce your out-of-pocket expenses. We work with all of our patients to fit costs into your budget and find a plan that works for YOU!