Solution for aches in your jaw

When you’re suffering from aching facial pain, frequent headaches, or an aching in your jaw, you may be suffering from Temporomandibular Joint Disorder which is also known as TMD or TMJ. TMJ involves the jaw joint which can make talking and chewing very painful. Other symptoms can include sore jaw muscles, earaches, your jaw locking, popping or clicking in the jaw area, or even your jaw moving to the side when opening your mouth. TMJ is a condition and not a disease. From mild to severe, TMJ can vary in symptoms and signs. You may have mild symptoms and yet your jaw will be completely functional.

What Are the Causes of TMJ?

There are several different conditions that might be linked to this condition though it is difficult to truly pinpoint the cause of a person’s particular case. Some of the ways to develop TMJ are head or jaw injuries, grinding of the teeth, stress, or a disease that will affect joints or muscles. This can include arthritis and other joint and muscular diseases.

When you make your appointment with Capitol Hill Seattle Dentist, we will determine how best to treat your condition. You will be given a complete evaluation which can involve the checking of your muscles and joints, sounds of popping or clicking, as well as an examination of jaw mobility. Due to this condition, it could be necessary to go over your medical history. An x-ray and a mold of your teeth may be needed so that the dentist can see how well your bit fits together.

Treatment Options

In some cases, TMJ disorders may disappear by themselves. Other patients may experience the disorder coming and going or even growing worse over a period of time. It’s important to note that in many cases TMJ isn’t cured but instead managed. Working with your dentist is the best way to manage your TMJ. Our dental professionals will go over the best options and treatments for your care and pain relief. A full examination followed by a plan that's built around your specific dental needs will be discussed.

Self-Care Practices

  • Avoiding foods that may cause you pain.
  • Eating soft foods.
  • Using techniques that control the tension in your jaw.
  • Avoid excessive chewing (gum).
  • Alternating hot and cold compresses.

You may need to do the following to relieve symptoms:

  • Medication to reduce inflammation or pain.
  • Jaw exercises to strengthen the jaw.
  • The use of a bite plate or a night guard.
  • The reshaping of teeth and fixing of an uneven bite.

These are just a few of the ways that your TMJ can be managed. In some cases, TMJ surgery is an option to help keep the jaw in place. If you believe that you’re suffering from TMJ symptoms, contact our office in Seattle for an appointment so that we can help you in the relief of your pain. Our dentists and staff offer all the best in dental care and talent when it comes to handling all of you and your family’s dental needs. Whether it’s a scheduled cleaning or extensive care, Capitol Hill Seattle Dentist is ready to brighten your smile and your day.

963 E Union St

Seattle, WA 98122

(206) 323-7727

(206) 323-7659

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Mon - Fri: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

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Welcome to Capitol Hill Seattle Dentist
(Formerly Seneca Dental)

We have moved to our new location.

963 E Union Street
Seattle, WA 98122

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