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TMD (Temporal Mandibular Disorder) Treatment

Pure Dental Arts – 1503 Queen Anne Ave North, Seattle, WA 98109

Your temporomandibular Joint, or TMJ, is a joint that connects your jaw to the bones of your skull (called temporal bones), which are in front of each ear. Your TMJ allows you to move your jaw in all directions (side to side, up and down), and it allows you to talk, yawn, and chew. TMD, or Temporomandibular Disorder, is a disorder of the TMJ.

What causes TMD?

  • Stress, which can cause tightening of the facial and jaw muscles, leading to Bruxism (see above), which can injure the TMJ
  • Discrepant movement of the soft tissues within the ball and socket of the TMJ
  • Arthritis in the joint.

TMD will often cause acute pain and discomfort. It can be short-lived, or longer-term. It can affect one or both joints. Women tend to get TMD more than men do.  It’s most common in peole between the ages of 20-50.

Common symptoms of TMD:

  • Pain when trying to open wide
  • Pain or tenderness in the jaw joint area, and even in the neck and shoulders, and in the ear area when you speak, chew, or try to open your mouth
  • Getting “lock jaw” – that is, your jaw suddenly locking up when you open wide
  • Crepitus, which means clicking or popping sounds in the jaw joint when you open or close. Note that Crepitus might not be accompanied by pain. In the absence of any negative symptoms, crepitus in and of itself is not necessarily a problem.
  • Dull facial pain
  • Trouble chewing or feeling as if your bite is “off,” i.e. the upper and lower teeth are not coming together properly.
  • Tooth aches, neck pain, migraines, earaches, upper shoulder pain, and ringing in the ears (tinnitus).

Contact Pure Dental Arts for a TMD consultation

If your bite, speech, eating, or smile have started to feel like work, contact Pure Dental Arts in Queen Anne, Seattle.  We will evaluate your TMJ, determine whether TMD is the cause, and work with you on a treatment plan that’s right for you.

Easy Ways To Get Started

If you’d like to see the difference that gentle, personalized oral health care can make for you and your family, please contact our office in Queen Anne (Seattle) WA. We look forward to the opportunity to meet you and welcome you to our family

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Call (206) 486-8600 to schedule your initial consultation with our team.

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Flexible Payment Options

In addition, we also work with third party companies that can help you finance your dental treatment with convenient and affordable payment plans. We accept payment through Care Credit and Lending Club Solutions.

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Most insurance accepted

We accept and are in network with most major PPO insurances. If you provide us with your insurance info, our staff can verify it. Insurance plans change frequently, so we’re constantly updating our coverage.

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Pure Dental Arts in Seattle, WA

Pure Dental Arts
1503 Queen Anne Ave North.
Seattle, WA 98109

Contact Us

Phone: (206) 486-8600

Office Hours

  • Monday: 10.00am – 5.00pm
  • Tuesday: 10.00am – 6.00pm
  • Wednesday: 10.00am – 6.00pm
  • Thursday: 10.00am – 6.00pm
  • Friday: 7.30am – 4:00pm

Contact Us: If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact our Seattle dentist office by phone or via our convenient online contact form.
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