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3 Million People Every Year?!

Over 3 million people in the United States are diagnosed with temporomandibular joint disorders each year. This joint is located on each side of the jaw, connecting it to the skull via a sliding hinge-type joint.

What Is TMJ Disorder?

This complex joint can become inflamed and damaged for a variety of reasons. This can be extremely painful and make everyday living difficult. That's because we use this joint far more than we realize, for everything from talking to yawning to eating. Every time you open your mouth, your TMJ is working.

Not only can TMJ disorder cause pain in the jaw, the most obvious symptom, but it can also cause ear pain, facial pain, headaches, migraines, ringing in the ears, and even shoulder and neck soreness.

Treatment for TMJ Disorders

Dr. Buck specializes in treating TMJ disorders with something called neuromuscular dentistry. This form of treatment focuses on finding the optimal position for the jaw in order to relieve the painful symptoms associated with TMJ disorders and help the joint operate smoothly and pain free.

Tips and Tricks for Living with TMJ Disorder

Are you living with the pain of a TMJ disorder and looking for some tips and tricks to help make life easier? In many cases, patients come to us with incredibly stressful lives, which leads to clenching their jaw and grinding their teeth, often when they're sleeping so they're completely unaware it's happening.

If you find yourself stressed on a regular basis, try to find better ways to cope with your stress if changing your lifestyle to a less stressful one is not an option.

Try new things such as exercising, yoga or mediation to help alleviate stress so you can sleep better at night and avoid clenching and grinding of the jaw. Avoiding foods that are chewy or hard can also help minimize symptoms, along with giving up any chewing gum or ice-eating habits.

For more information on TMJ disorders or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Buck, call us today at 425-329-6267.

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