TMJ Disorders

tmjShoreline, Edmonds, and Seattle, WA

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) affects nearly 10 million Americans, causing severe, sometimes debilitating pain. TMD often goes undiagnosed by physicians and sufferers only receive relief from their symptoms, not the source of the problem.

You could be one of these sufferers. TMD causes a variety of symptoms including:

  • Unexplained pain of the mouth, face, or head
  • Headaches/migraines
  • Ear pain
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Popping/clicking sounds when biting or chewing
  • Pain or discomfort when eating or chewing

TMD symptoms can range from mild to severe, and can even interfere with your daily activities. A variety of issues such as missing teeth, an uneven bite, trauma to the face, broken teeth, and even clenching or grinding of the teeth can cause TMD. At Hoag and Dotsch, we offer a simple solution for TMD that will not only treat your symptoms but the source of the problem as well.

At Hoag and Dotsch, we focus on neuromuscular dentistry, which treats what is actually causing you pain instead of masking your symptoms. Your body works best when everything is in working order and functioning as it should, and your mouth is no different. Even the slightest imbalance of your bite can launch a domino effect of pain that radiates from your jaw to your head, and even down to your neck and back.

Many patients with TMD benefit from wearing an oral appliance. This custom-made device is worn while sleeping and helps to reposition your jaw into proper alignment. For severe cases of TMD, orthodontics or even surgery may be necessary. During your consultation, the dentist will determine what method of treatment is best for you.

Call Hoag and Dotsch today to schedule your next visit. We welcome patients of Shoreline, Edmonds, and Seattle, Washington.