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Find Relief with a Dentist for TMJ Disorder

If you’re experiencing jaw pain, you may be suffering from bruxism, the clinical name for teeth grinding or clenching often associated with TMJ disorder. The acronym TMJ refers to the temporomandibular joint that connects your lower jaw bone (the mandible) to the skull.

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The TMJ is located in front of your ears and is responsible for allowing the jaw to close and open when you need to chew, speak, or yawn. If you have a TMJ disorder, you may experience pain and difficulty speaking clearly and eating. Sleep bruxism can cause problems with your TMJ.

Why Bruxism is a Problem

Most people occasionally clench their jaw or teeth when they’re awake. However, sleep bruxism is different, and it’s more worrisome for several reasons. When you’re sleeping, you’re unaware of your teeth clenching or grinding, and you risk increased damage to your teeth and jaw.

Here are some of the adverse effects of nighttime bruxism.

  • Damaged teeth
  • TMJ disorder
  • Chronic headaches
  • Chronic jaw or facial pain

Benefits of a Nighttime Mouthguard

For treating bruxism, a bite guard (nightguard) can be used to decrease your problem. Your dentist makes the nightguard from your personalized jaw and teeth impressions, and it’s made from strong transparent plastic.


These nightguards have precise fits, and they’re super thin. This means that they’re not uncomfortable at all. Moreover, wearing a nightguard protects your teeth from the debilitating vertical forces of grinding and clenching your teeth and jaw.

Here are some of the benefits of nightguards for TMJ.

  • Affordable
  • Comfortable and easy to wear
  • Ability to breathe and speak normally while in use
  • Individualized for your bite force
  • Snug fit

TMJ Dentist in Kirkland, Washington

Are you ready to find relief from TMJ pain? Dr. Ann Kelley and the team at Kingsgate Dental in Kirkland, Washington, are here to answer your questions and serve you. Give us a call at (425) 385-0080 today or request an appointment online.

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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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