TMJ Specialist

Raymond Hsu, DDS, MAGD, LLSR -  - Dentist

Wellness Centered Dentistry

Raymond Hsu, DDS, MAGD, LLSR

Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Redmond, WA

Each year, more than 3 million Americans suffer from temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, which affects the function of one of your jaw's key joints. Raymond Hsu, DDS, MAGD, LLSR, offers innovative splint therapy treatment to correct this troublesome oral health issue right from his practice, Wellness Centered Dentistry, in Redmond, Washington. If you're having jaw pain and hear a clicking or popping sound, call or use the online booking tool to set up an appointment with Dr. Hsu today.

TMJ Q & A

MAGO splint therapy is a technique available to those suffering from orofacial pain, including symptoms such as jaw pain, migraine or frequent headaches, dizziness, ringing in the ears, and neck pain. Treatment involves the use of a dental orthotic device, similar to a hard night guard or mouth guard, in order to unload, or relax, the TMJ muscles. Routine adjustments to the orthotic allow for systematically increased unloading of the joints.

MAGO therapy may also serve as a diagnostic tool for bite issues, and, if applicable, functions as a precursor for bioesthetic dentistry. For more information, follow the links provided or schedule a consultation with Dr. Hsu.

What is TMJ disorder?

Your TMJ is the joint that operates like a sliding hinge to connect your skull to your jawbone. This joint makes it possible for you to open and close your mouth. TMJ disorder refers to a condition whereby normal functions like chewing or speaking become painful because of problems with your TMJ. When the joint becomes misaligned or doesn't function properly, it can make opening and closing your mouth very painful.

What are common symptoms of TMJ disorder?

Some of the most common symptoms of TMJ disorder include:

  • Jaw pain
  • Aching pain near your ears
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Aching facial pain
  • Difficulty opening and closing your mouth

If you have TMJ disorder, you may also hear a grinding or clicking sound when you open and close your mouth. This is the sound of your TMJ struggling with its normal movements. Even if there’s no pain or other associated symptoms with jaw clicking, you still might have TMJ disorder.

What are common causes of TMJ disorder?

Cartilage and discs in your bones protect parts of your bone that interact with joints like the TMJ. This relationship illustrates how the TMJ smoothly functions as a hinge between your jaw and skull, enabling you to open and close your mouth comfortably. When those discs erode or get misaligned, TMJ disorder occurs. This can be caused by:

  • Natural wear and tear
  • Conditions like arthritis
  • Injury or impact to the TMJ
  • Chronic grinding of your teeth

In many cases, the cause of TMJ disorder isn’t totally clear.

How do you treat TMJ disorder?

If you have TMJ disorder, the symptoms are often temporary, and the condition improves on its own with self-management and monitoring. However, if your symptoms are severe and require intervention, Dr. Hsu offers MAGO splint therapy at his office to treat orofacial pain, including symptoms such as jaw pain, migraine or frequent headaches, dizziness, ringing in the ears, and neck pain.

Dr. Hsu's MAGO splint therapy treatment involves the use of a dental orthotic device, similar to a hard night guard or mouth guard, to unload, or relax, the TMJ muscles. Throughout your treatment, Dr. Hsu performs routine adjustments to the splint, which allows for systematically increased unloading of your joints.

To learn how you can find relief from TMJ pain, call or use the online booking tool to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Hsu today.