Customized TMJ Treatment Plan
At the Sleep Apnea and Facial Pain Center in Bellevue, WA, we are dedicated to providing our patients with the highest quality care and personalized treatment plans. Our team, led by Dr. Jeff Doneskey, is committed to staying up-to-date with the latest techniques and technologies in the field of dentistry to ensure that our patients receive the best possible care.
We offer a variety of TMJ treatment options, from lifestyle changes and physical therapy to custom-fitted oral appliances and surgery, to help you find relief from your TMJ symptoms and enjoy a better quality of life.
What is TMJ?
The temporomandibular joint is a complex hinge joint that connects the jawbone to the skull. This joint is responsible for a range of movements, including chewing, speaking, and swallowing. When the TMJ is not functioning properly, it can cause a range of symptoms, including pain and discomfort in the jaw, neck, and head area.
TMJ disorder can have many causes, including injury to the jaw or head, teeth grinding or clenching, arthritis, and stress. It can also be caused by misaligned teeth or an abnormal bite, which can put extra strain on the TMJ. Women are more likely to develop TMJ disorder than men, and it is most common in people between the ages of 20 and 40.
Symptoms of TMJ Disorder
TMJ disorder can cause a range of uncomfortable symptoms, including:
- Pain or discomfort in the jaw, neck, and head area
- Difficulty or pain when opening and closing the mouth
- Clicking or popping sounds when opening and closing the mouth
- Ear pain or ringing in the ears
- Headaches or migraines
- Neck pain and stiffness
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to seek treatment from a qualified dental professional like Dr. Doneskey in Bellevue, WA.