TMJ/TMD Treatment in Seattle, WA
If you’re suffering from jaw pain, severe headaches, or a jaw that is constantly popping when you open and close your mouth, you may have issues with your temporomandibular joints (TMJ), also known as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). Your TMJs are the hinges that connect your jaw to your skull allowing you to move your mouth up and down and side to side. At Reen Chung, DDS, our experienced dentist can diagnose your TMD, and provide a personalized treatment plan that’s tailored for your unique needs.
Causes of TMD
There are a variety of factors that can cause TMD. These contributing factors usually create excessive strain on your TMJs which leads to many painful and uncomfortable side effects. Some of the main causes of TMD include jaw injuries, teeth clenching and grinding (bruxism), arthritis, genetics, and a misaligned bite.
How do you know if you have TMD? While every patient and situation is different, these are some of the most common symptoms of the disorder. If you experience any of the following, we strongly urge you to contact our office right away to schedule an exam and consultation with Dr. Chung.
- Tenderness in Jaw
- Frequent Headaches
- Pain Around Ears
- Pain When Chewing or Yawning
- Difficulty Opening or Closing Your Mouth
- Clicking or Popping with Jaw Movement
Sometimes TMD requires surgery, but not always. There are a wide range of conservative treatment options available, such as custom oral appliances, for you to try first. When you visit our office for a consultation, Dr. Chung will examine your mouth and jaw and recommend a treatment that will be most effective for you.