Benefits of working with a TMJ professional in Kirkland, WA and discussing dental symptoms
Dr. Ann Kelley of Kingsgate Dental in Kirkland, WA is a dedicated dentist who is also a professional in diagnosing and treating conditions such as TMJ and TMD. There are benefits to knowing the symptoms of this condition to determine if it is present and then discuss ways to bring the smile back to health and functionality.
What is TMJ?
TMJ is the name for the temporomandibular joint that hinges the jaw. This joint can become problematic for patients, resulting in a chronic condition known as TMD (temporomandibular disorder). TMD and TMJ are often used interchangeably.
What are the symptoms of TMD?
Knowing the signs of this condition can help patients determine when to seek treatment. Patients with this condition should visit when they notice:
- Clicking and popping of the jaw joint
- Locking of the jaw
- Pain in the joint and surrounding muscles
- Radiation of pain to the neck and shoulders
- Chronic tension headaches
When these symptoms are present, it may be a sign of the condition.
What treatment options are available?
At Kingsgate Dental, Dr. Ann Kelley finds oral appliance therapy to be the best way to manage the pain associated with this condition. This includes the use of a special plastic mouth guard that helps in realigning the jaw joint and releasing tension in the area. Tension is the primary reason patients feel pain.
Schedule a visit today!
There are many benefits to working with a professional with TMJ experience to discuss the diagnosis and treatment of this condition. We encourage patients to schedule an appointment to learn more about oral appliance therapy for the treatment of TMJ and TMD. Contact us today to book an appointment at (425) 385-0080 or visit 12308 NE 144th Street in Kirkland, VA. We welcome patients to seek treatment with our professional staff.