TMJ Treatment – Burien, WA

Eliminate Chronic Jaw Pain

Are your temporomandibular joints (TMJs) causing you to feel soreness? Are you developing headaches or chronic pain throughout your head, neck, and shoulders? Believe it or not, when inflammation occurs in these joints, the pain you’re experiencing can radiate to various areas of your head and facial structures, resulting in extreme discomfort and declining oral health. Call our dental office today to find out if TMJ treatment in Burien, WA can help you achieve much-needed relief.

Why Choose Seahurst Smiles of Burien for TMJ Treatment?

  • Occlusal Splints Available
  • TENS Machine for Increased Patient Comfort
  • Patient-Focused Treatment From Expert Dentists and Team Members

Diagnosis & Treatment

Man holding jaw in pain while seeing dentist for T M J treatment in Burien

Dr. Lam will want to examine your bite to determine how it functions and if there might be any straining to your jaw. Once equipped with these findings, he can explain how this area of the skull, face, and mouth come together to allow for proper eating, speaking, and smiling. When inflammation or facial trauma causes clicking or popping in the jaw joints, he can recommend the appropriate method of treatment to improve symptoms.

Equilibration/ Occlusal Adjustments

Closeup of animated jaw in need of equilibration and occlusal adjustment

When dealing with a misaligned bite, you’ll notice a difference in the way your jaw feels each time you move it. Unnecessary pressure can result in chronic pain, so Dr. Lam will likely recommend tooth reshaping to allow your teeth to come together more easily when closing your mouth. You don’t need to worry about the procedure, as it only requires removing a small bit of tooth enamel and/or reshaping customized restorations.

Occlusal Splints

Hand holding an occlusal splint

There’s good news if you suffer from TMJ disorder. We offer occlusal splints that are custom-made for nighttime use. They’re designed to reposition the jaw, so it is more relaxed while sleeping, minimizing the potential for bruxism (teeth grinding). It can also help to encourage healing among your facial muscles that are likely tired and sore from the continuous pressure placed on your jaw joints.

Treatment with a TENS Machine

Woman in pain before T M J treatment with a TENS machine

Our TENS machine, also referred to the transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, uses electrical currents to minimize pain. When set at a low voltage, the currents help to stimulate the nerves to reduce discomfort and allow for greater patient comfort. The radiation of pain to other areas of the head, neck, and back can make the use of a TENS machine beneficial, leading to great success.