TMJ Disorder (or TMD, most patients may refer to it as TMJ) can be very difficult to diagnose and treat. Some go to doctor after doctor seeking relief from their migraine headaches, chronic fatigue, and upper body pain. Others wonder if the ringing in their ears is related to illness or infection, or why simple functions like eating and speaking are uncomfortable. Thankfully, Seattle, WA dentist Dr. Kirchner is trained and experienced in the diagnoses and treatment of TMJ Disorder, and Seattle area patients can get the relief they need to begin living their life in comfort.
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Those who suffer from TMJ Disorder have an imbalance in the relationship of how their jaw joint fits in their skull when they bite, which can present itself with a wide variety of symptoms.
Symptoms may include:
- Migrains or headaches
- Popping, clicking, or cracking noises in the jaw
- Locking or minimal movement of the jaw
- Facial pain
- Loose, sore, or worn down teeth
- Numbness in the fingers or arms
- Tingling in the fingertips
- Dizziness or vertigo
- Stiff or sore neck, shoulder, or upper back
- Ringing in the ears
- Insomnia or depression
Dr. Kirchner takes a noninvasive approach to relieving the symptoms of TMJ Disorder without the need for medications or surgery. This involves a careful evaluation of the relationship between how your teeth come together and where your jaw joint fits in your head. Once the correct bite to joint relationship is found, a custom orthotic will be fit specifically for your needs.
This is a small acrylic appliance customarily worn on the lower jaw. Depending on your specific case, you may just need to wear the custom orthotic until the balance is restored between your tooth alignment and the muscles holding your jaw in place, or indefinitely to relieve the pain associated with TMJ Disorder. In many cases, symptoms may be noticeably better after only a short time of wearing the custom orthotic.
We’re passionate about helping Seattle TMJ patients find relief of their symptoms so they can get back to living their lives to the fullest! For your comprehensive evaluation, speak with our friendly staff to schedule your appointment today.