Happy new year! Its a new year and a chance for a freash start. Have you made any goals? Here at your West Seattle dentist office, Dr. Kirchner and her staff hope things have kicked off with a bang (How could they not have? The Seahawks are going to the Superbowl! Woot!). I’ve been thinking a lot about what to post for the first post of 2014, and have finally decided on this.
TMJ Seattle Treatments
A couple of weeks ago I had a friend ask who my dentist was. She was in need of a new nightguard and had talked with me before about Dr. Kirchner’s TMJ expertise. She was a little surprised to find out that they didn’t just have one to hand her when she called. She was surprised that she was going to have to go through a thorough exam and model making in order to get her nightguard.
So what’s the deal with all the extra run around? Why can’t they just make her a nightguard that day?
So this goes for all appointments, not just getting a nightguard: ethically, it is not ok for Dr. Kirchner to just do what ever treatment you want with out properly examining and diagnosing you. If you think about it, this is what you want in the end. I mean, would you want your medical doctor to perform surgery if all you actually needed was a dose of medication, but they didn’t know that because they didn’t properly exam and diagnose you? Why wouldn’t it work the same for your dentist? And wouldn’t you be VERY unhappy if you thought you only needed a filling, and the dentist did it because you wanted them to with out properly examining you first, and you ended up losing the tooth because it needed something more or different? I know I would be one unhappy camper. Same goes for things like nightguards!
The jaw is a sensitive little joint. If you think about it, its moving constantly, from talking or eating. There are a couple of different ways to treat jaw issues, one of them, of course being a nightguard. Several muscles of your head and neck connect to your jaw, so don’t be surprised if something like getting a massage would also do the trick to help your jaw out. Again, with proper examination and diagnostic testing, Dr. Kirchner would be able to figure out exactly what is going on with your jaw and what the best treatment is for you!
Having jaw issues? Check out this post I wrote last year to find out a little more about what Dr. Kirchner does in her practice. Or, give the office a call and set up an appointment with Dr. Kirchner!