TMJ Treatment - Issaquah, WA

Jaw Pain, Popping or Stiffness?

Addressing the Sources of TMJ Issues

Patients frequently come to Dr. Scott Clayhold because their facial muscles feel sore every morning. Many of them also have worn or even flat teeth. Both of these are symptoms that are often a result of nighttime teeth grinding and clenching, or bruxism. Jaw joint and facial muscle discomfort, migraines, and radiating pain throughout the neck, shoulders, and back can also be related to these habits. If you’re suffering a combination of these symptoms, you should seek out TMJ treatment in Issaquah, WA. Dr. Scott Clayhold, an acclaimed oral surgeon practicing in the area since 2004, can offer several effective treatments.

Using BOTOX®, oral appliances, oral surgery or a combination of these treatments, Dr. Clayhold can minimize your teeth grinding and alleviate your TMJ issues. TMJ refers to the temporomandibular joint. You have one underneath the bone and muscle below each ear. These act as the hinges for your jaw. They allow you to eat and speak. If their function is compromised, you can experience multiple ongoing difficulties. As an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. Clayhold has specialized training in dentistry, oral surgery, and medicine making him a doctor who has a thorough understanding of not only your oral health but how every aspect of your facial structure interacts. If you need TMJ treatment, come to a specialist who understands your symptoms.

Warning Signs of TMJ Issues

  • Teeth grinding or clenching
  • Jaw popping/clicking
  • Persistent jaw or jaw joint pain
  • Locked jaw
  • Headaches/migraines
  • Painful facial muscles
  • Pain in the neck, shoulders, and/or back
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TMJ Treatment Options

Through an examination, diagnostics, and personal discussion with you, Dr. Clayhold can craft a customized treatment plan that will effectively manage your TMJ disorder. He offers these proven solutions:


BOTOX is well-known for reducing facial wrinkles, resulting in a more youthful appearance. It does this by loosening tense muscles. BOTOX is equally effective in relaxing tense muscles around the TMJ. It can ease the clenching that’s often behind TMJ pain. Dr. Clayhold sometimes offers this treatment combination with dietary restrictions and non-prescription medication.

Oral Appliances

Proper alignment of the teeth is essential to preventing TMJ issues. Oral appliances such as nightguards can shift your teeth into the correct position and prevent you from clenching and grinding your teeth together, reducing muscle strain and facial discomfort.

Oral Surgery

As an oral surgeon, Dr. Clayhold has the capability to offer minimally invasive surgical treatment for your TMJ symptoms. With temporomandibular joint arthrocentesis, he cleans and medicates the joint area. This treatment has shown to be especially helpful for patients suffering from a locked jaw.

Regain Full, Comfortable Jaw Function

Find relief here with TMJ treatment.