Frequent headaches? Uncomfortable bite? Pain in your neck and shoulders? Jaw locking? These are all symptoms of TMJ disorders. TMJ, or jaw joint, disorders can be painful and debilitating. Our skilled dentist provides TMJ treatment in Seattle, Washington, to alleviate your discomfort and help you regain an excellent quality of life. At present, there are more than 50 treatments available, from conservative therapies to more aggressive treatments. We welcome you to call us at (206) 381-3055 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Daniel McKay and determine which treatment will be most beneficial for you.
The TMJ is the temporomandibular joint, or the joint that connects the lower jaw to the rest of the head. The term “TMJ” is often used to refer to TMJ disorder, also called TMD, which occurs when the jaw joint becomes stressed, injured, or misaligned. TMJ disorder may result due to several different factors, such as stress, bruxism (teeth grinding and clenching), arthritis in the TMJ, or trauma and injury to the head, neck, or jaw.
You may suffer from TMD if you experience frequent jaw pain or facial pain. TMJ disorders may also cause:
A lot of folks are still unaware of this fairly new relationship between botox and dentistry for pain relief.
Dentists are experts in the entire myofascial region, including your teeth, gums, jaws, face, head, and neck. Plus, we’re already highly skilled at giving precision and painless injections in these delicate facial areas, and with the help of dental blocks (local anesthetic), we can provide a more comfortable and pain-free experience from the comfort of your dental home. We use Botox to treat chronic pain associated with TMJ dysfunction and may even be able to prevent migraines before they start.
Yes! If you thought Botox® was only skin deep, think again! Dentists and doctors have been safely and effectively using Botox® to treat chronic pain for many years. The same purified protein that relaxes facial muscle contractions that cause fine lines and wrinkles can be used to relax muscle contractions that cause chronic pain.
Patients suffering from teeth grinding and clenching (bruxism) or TMJ dysfunction have to live with chronic orofacial pain – but now, you don’t have to grin and bear it! A simple Botox® treatment can help prevent the micro muscle contractions that cause constant tension, stress, and pain. Botox® treatment for pain relief can melt away your worries and prevent chronic pain, allowing you to live a happier, more comfortable life!
Our dentist can help you determine the cause of your TMJ disorder and recommend the appropriate treatment. Treatment for the TMJ will depend on the cause and severity of your TMJ disorder. TMD treatment may include jaw and facial relaxation exercises, lifestyle changes, restorative dental treatments, a mouth guard or night guard, or jaw surgery. To learn more about TMJ treatment and to schedule your consultation with our dentist, we encourage you to contact us today.