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Treatment options for Kirkland, WA area patients with TMJ disorders

Treatment Options for TMJ Disorder in Kirkland Wa Area

Dr. Ann Kelley of Kirkland, WA is a dentist who offers a wide range of treatment options for patients. Many patients who struggle with conditions such as TMJ disorder may be struggling with a malfunction of the joint that hinges the upper and lower jawbones. If this malfunction occurs, patients may experience clicking, popping, and locking of the jaw joint that can become extremely uncomfortable.

What causes TMJ?

The cause of TMJ disorders, or TMD, is relatively unknown, except for a malfunction of the jaw joint. Why this occurs, or if it is hereditary, has not been determined as yet. While the condition cannot be cured, it can be treated and managed to ensure patient comfort and oral health.

  • Lifestyle changes โ€“ for patients who have temporary problems with their TMJ, a simple change in their lifestyle can ease discomfort and eliminate pain. This may include avoiding chewing gum, eating softer foods, and massaging the muscles around the joint area to address tightness and mild discomfort.
  • Oral appliance therapy โ€“ many of our patients find that oral appliance therapy is best for those who suffer from chronic pain and discomfort due to TMJ. An oral appliance is a nightguard that is worn at night to reduce tension and force. It can also protect the natural teeth and dental restorations from damage that may occur with cohabiting conditions such as bruxism (clenching and grinding of the teeth).
  • Surgery โ€“ in severe cases of TMJ, patients may be referred to an oral surgeon to have a surgical procedure performed on the joint and surrounding muscles. Most patients, however, can avoid surgery with lifestyle changes and oral appliance therapy.

Do you believe you are dealing with a TMJ disorder?

If you have the signs and symptoms of a TMJ disorder or malfunction and want to speak to a professional, contact Dr. Ann Kelley and her team in Kirkland, WA at (425) 385-0080. With the help of our team, we can provide a proper diagnosis and discuss with patients the way to treat their condition effectively with a dental provider. Dr. Ann Kelley accepts new patients and encourages individuals to visit at 12308 NE 144th Street.

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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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Damen CReviews on Google
 - 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.
Damen CReviews on Google
 - 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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