A hurting jaw can wreak havoc on your everyday activities. Smith & Wetterhus Dentistry offers help with a custom oral appliance. Our Puyallup TMJ treatment can:Doctor Greg Wetterhus on TMJ Treatement Teeth Grinding Read Transcript
We have a lot of TMJ patients coming to our practice. Most of the time it's a muscle problem, not a joint problem. What I mean by that is the muscles are firing because the bite is not correct. We fix bites, and then we fix the patients’ bites, and then in doing so we can correct a lot of these TMJ issues. Most of the time it takes a deprogrammer. It's an appliance that we can fabricate that they only hit in one spot, and it allows their joints to seat fully, and then in doing that they get relief from ... the muscles stop firing so much, and then we get them on some muscle relaxants or ibuprofen or some kind of hot or cold, and we get them out of pain.
- Stop nagging jaw pain and annoying popping
- Allow you to eat and talk more comfortably
- Reduce the frequency and intensity of your headaches
- Eliminate teeth grinding that can damage your tooth enamel
Get the relief your jaw needs! Call the office of Drs. Smith and Wetterhus today to schedule an appointment: 253-999-9419. We’re easy to find at 3920 10th St. SE, not far from Bradley Lake Park.
Stop TMJ Pain & Feel BetterSusan P talks about how easy and relieving her TMJ Treatment was Read Transcript
To share a little bit about myself, I had a dentist that I loved and valued for 15 years, and it just got to be of a trek to go visit him. So I was actively searching for a new dentist in the area.
I, of course, scoured websites and looked for someone, and I came across Dr. Smith and Wetterhus, and I asked my dentist, my old dentist, about Dr. Smith and he said, “I would highly recommend them.” He said, “That would be a good place to start.” That led me here, and I called, explained my situation, they were so kind to get me in so quick. And Dr. Smith sat down with me and he just looked at me, and I was almost in tears because I hurt so bad.
He said, “I can help you. Here's some options.” So that started me down my path, and that was just about a year ago, a little over a year ago now. I was skeptical. I had never heard of the device he wanted to try. But Dr. Smith sounded so confident about being able to help me. Even though I had a lot of damage, he was still feeling good about it and positive. And I'm in a much better place than I was before. I can actually chew and my jaw doesn't lock. I don't wake up the morning and just ... I'm not in pain. It's overall so much better.
If your jaw is hurting, the expert team at Smith & Wetterhus Dentistry would like to help. If you’re experiencing nagging jaw pain and stiffness, and it hurts to open your jaw to talk and eat, you could have problems with your temporomandibular joints (TMJ). These complex joints sit on either side of your head, making it possible to open and close your mouth. However, if they become inflamed and irritated, the resulting pain can be intense.
That’s where we come in with a custom oral appliance made just for you. It will sit comfortably in your mouth and exert gentle pressure on your lower jaw, pushing it slightly forward. This movement will be enough to relieve the tension on your TMJ and help your jaw feel better.
Bruxism, or teeth grinding, can cause tooth enamel damage that could require restorative dental work to repair.
Plus, since teeth grinding is a major cause of migraine and tension headaches, you may experience fewer and less intense headaches as well. If it seems like your headaches are medically related, we’ll refer you to a qualified physician for treatment.