Many of us suffer with chronic headaches, neck tension, ear ringing, jaw joint and facial pain for years before discovering the root cause of our health problem: Tempomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ for short.
TMJ is more common in women. Some scientists believe this is because women have a more delicate muscle structure through the neck and into connected jaw tissues. TMJ is often inaccurately diagnosed as Fibromyalgia, Tinnitus or hormonal changes, leading care professionals to address symptoms rather than the source of pain.
The identification, and treatment, of TMJ requires expert care and advanced knowledge of the most innovative protocols in dental medicine.
Cosmetic and Neuromuscular Dentist, Dr. Brian McKay, of Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry in Seattle, has extensive experience in treating TMJ disorders. Dr. McKay devotes many hours each year to mastering new methods, techniques and technologies in this field. He has recently become certified in a new TMJ treatment modality, Disclusion Time Reduction (DTR). This revolutionary, high tech and extremely precise approach to the treatment of TMJ disorder frequently delivers significant relief within 1 week to 3 months, with durable, positive outcomes lasting years.
With DTR treatment Dr. McKay reduces and / or eliminates the need for TMJ-related pain medications, splints, soft food diets, physical therapy and chiropractic care. The DTR process requires no drugs and no surgery.
How Does DTR Work?
Dr. McKay uses state-of-the-art technology to assess:
- Your bite and bite function
- Measure how long back teeth are engaged in chewing or grinding
- Muscle contraction and related symptoms
Through DTR Dr. McKay employs a variety of treatment techniques customized to each individual patient to reduce jaw muscle contractions resulting in far less pain, and an average reduction of medication use by more than 90 percent.
Think you have TMJ? Please call our patient care coordinator at 206-720-0600 to discuss your symptoms, or request an appointment right here.