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How are patients in Kirkland, WA identifying symptoms of a TMJ disorder

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder in Kirkland WA area

The temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, operates as a sliding axis connecting your jawbone to your skull.

There are several problems which can begin to surface with the TMJ that may cause anything from mild discomfort to far more serious complications. If you have reason to believe that you are experiencing an issue with your temporomandibular joint, you should give Dr. Ann Kelley and her team at Kingsgate Dental in Kirkland, WA a call so that you can be checked out.

TMJ disorders can be caused by factors such as genetics or arthritis, among others. Fortunately, in many cases, TMJ disorders are temporary and can be treated through self-management and non-invasive, non-surgical methods.


It’s important for you to have a basic understanding of some of the symptoms which could be pointing to a TMJ disorder. The sooner you can recognize a symptom of TMJ, the sooner you can get it looked at and treated. Some symptoms of TMJ include:

  • Pain/Tenderness of the jaw
  • Pain/Tenderness in one of both of your TMJ
  • Aching pain in and around your ear
  • Chewing is difficult and painful
  • Facial pains/aches
  • Difficulty opening and closing your mouth due to the joint locking

You may also be able to identify a TMJ disorder through audible clicking of the jaw or grating sensations when you chew or open your mouth. If there is no pain/discomfort or movement limitations, you can probably take comfort I knowing this is not a TMJ disorder. You should continue to monitor your situation though, just in case.

Causes of TMJ

TMJ disorders may occur when:

  • The disk moves out of proper position/alignment
  • Arthritis damages the joint’s cartilage
  • There is damage to the joint due to impact

There are other reasons for TMJ disorders to surface, but these tend to be the most common. If you believe you are experiencing any symptoms of a TMJ disorder, you should give Dr. Ann Kelley at Kingsgate Dental in Kirkland, WA a call. She is available for you to discuss any TMJ problems you are facing as well as possible treatment options. Give her a call today at (425) 385-0080 to schedule an appointment.

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Dr. Ann Kelley is a graduate of the Creighton University School of Dentistry in Omaha, Nebraska. She highly values the comfort of her patients, and places the needs of the patient above her convenience. Her dental clinic is built to bring the best and most comfortable dental experience to all her patients. She builds relationships with her patients based on trust and always acts to safeguard this trust.

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 - 5 Star Rating Review I have gone to Kingsgate Dental for about two years now, and every experience has been excellent. Dr. Kelley is very knowledgeable and very thorough with her analysis of the issues that I have faced with my teeth. The staff is polite and always happy to answer any questions that I have and give me pointers to improve my dental hygiene. I will continue to go to Kingsgate Dental/Dr Kelley for years to come.
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 - 5 Star Rating Review By Kathy W Dr. Kelley and her staff are a treasure. State of the art equipment, As a past Dental Administrator for a very large practice in Lynnwood, am soo happy to know that Dr. Kelley, her hygenists who have been there for over 20 years, are bar none the most indepth and through a cleaning as you would ever find. I have never felt more then a slight prick when getting novocaine. Between numbing the gum and gentle procedure they also offer nitroux, for us real scaredy cats. Music, neck pillows and blankets all make the experience truly enjoyable. I had gone too many years neglecting my teeth and found through Tammy, my hygenist and Dr. Kelley they were able to put together a plan to save the teeth they could and design partials for the ones I could not afford to save. I am a small business owner with no insurance and yet they came up with a plan that I am so happy with. I am without any infection, so much healthier and the partials Dr. Kelley designed are like a second skin. From Jackie and MaryAnn at the front desk to the assistants, hygenists and Dr. Kelley you will be in professional and caring hands. I recommend to all my family and friends.
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 - 5 Star Rating Review By dixy i Great experience. Dr. Kelley and her staff made me feel less anxious about the whole thing. Great job on the crown too! I've already recommended two friends! If I was staying in the Seattle area I'd definitely return.

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