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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.

TMJ Dentist in Kirkland WA Area

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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 - 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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