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TMJ Treatment Specialist

Tran Family Dentistry

General Dentists located in Federal Way, WA

When you think about your joints, you probably think of your knees or your hips. Very few people think of the joints on either side of their jaws that allow them to eat and talk. But problems with these temporomandibular joints (TMJs) can have far-reaching effects on your quality of life. That’s why Binh Tran, DDS, MAGD, and Ryan Tran, DDS, at Tran Family Dentistry offer TMJ treatment at their office in Federal Way, Washington. To get relief from your TMJ pain, call the office or schedule your appointment online today.

TMJ Treatment Q&A

What are TMJ disorders?

To best understand TMJ disorders, it’s helpful first to understand the joint itself. On either side of your jaw, the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a ball-and-socket joint that connects your jaw bone to your skull.

This joint, the disc that cushions it, and its surrounding muscles allow you to move your jaw up, down, and side to side so you can chew and talk. 

Whenever there’s an issue with the TMJ or any of its surrounding support structures, it’s called a TMJ disorder. These disorders can develop as a result of:

  • Injury
  • Jaw dislocation
  • Arthritis
  • Bruxism (teeth grinding)
  • Jaw or tooth-alignment problems

Regardless of the cause of your TMJ disorder, it’s something you want to resolve quickly because the symptoms can range from annoying to downright painful.

What are the symptoms of TMJ disorders?

TMJ disorders can cause:

  • Pain on one or both sides of your jaw
  • Aching pain around one or both ears
  • Aching pain throughout your face
  • Trouble chewing
  • Pain while you chew
  • Locking of the joint
  • Jaw tenderness
  • A clicking or grating sound when you open or close your mouth

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, make an appointment at Tran Family Dentistry. With a physical exam and a cone-beam computed tomography X-ray, they diagnose your TMJ disorder so you can get started with treatment. 

How does TMJ treatment work?

Your Tran Family Dentistry Provider tailors your TMJ treatment to you. For example, if teeth grinding is causing your TMJ problems, they may fit you with a night guard.

Additionally, your TMJ treatment might include:

  • Jaw relaxation techniques
  • Changing your diet to avoid hard foods
  • Heat or ice to control the pain
  • Breaking habits like nail biting
  • Medication
  • Exercises to strengthen the muscles that support your TMJ

In some cases, orthodontic care can help to realign your jaw when you bite down and minimize TMJ problems. Tran Family Dentistry offers traditional braces, but that’s not your only option. They also offer ClearCorrect aligners if you want to straighten your smile and get relief from TMJ pain with virtually invisible treatment.

Call Tran Family Dentistry or make your appointment online to get started with your personalized TMJ treatment.