TMJ/TMD Disorder & Sleep Apnea
Do you hear popping or clicking sounds in your jaw whenever you chew? If so, you may be suffering from temporomandibular joint disorder – TMJ for short. Not only is it annoying, left untreated, it can be very painful. In simplest terms, TMJ symptoms can be described as chronic inflammation of the temporomandibular joint that connects the lower jaw to the skull.
Dr. Sadeghi and Dr. Kim have diagnosed and treated many such cases. If you suffer from any pain or discomfort in your jaw, your next call should be to Broadway Dental Office.
Treatment of TMJ syndrome and symptoms may include restoration of certain teeth that may be contributing to your jaw pain. Dr. Sadeghi and Dr. Kim will want to speak with you about your symptoms and your jaw habits to identify the underlying causes of your TMJ symptoms. It’s often possible to get relief with simple changes in your eating and sleeping habits. However, surgery is sometimes required for more advanced cases of TMJ disorder.
Proper diagnosis of TMJ syndrome is critical to make sure you receive treatment for your particular condition. At Broadway Dental Office in Glendale we will only recommend treatment after conducting a thorough health history, clinical exam, taking appropriate X-rays, and perhaps confirming the condition through other diagnostic tests.
What’s the Best Way to Treat TMJ Disorder?
Dr. Sadeghi and Dr. Kim may prescribe a multiple-phase treatment plan, or they may conclude that only minor corrective treatment is needed. Treatment may be simple or require more steps for alleviating the condition, depending on the degree of severity. Some of these treatments include:
- Taking a non-aspirin pain reliever or prescription medications such as muscle relaxants, analgesics, or anti-inflammatory drugs
- Eating soft foods
- Avoiding chewing gum
- Applying moist heat or ice
- Physical therapy
- Teaching relaxation techniques to control muscle tension
- Stress management training techniques
- Posture training
- Wearing bite plates to eliminate the harmful effects of clenching or grinding the teeth, and a better positioning of the jaws
- Adjusting the bite, known as “occlusal equilibration” involving removing interferences when the teeth touch
- Replacement of defective restorations that prevent the jaws from meeting properly
- Orthodontics, to put the teeth in proper position
In most cases we treat at Broadway Dental Office, the symptoms related to TMJ disorders can be successfully treated to reduce or eliminate your discomfort. Postponement of treatment usually results in more damage to the joint, muscles, or teeth.
For quality TMJ dentistry in the Glendale area, just call Broadway Dental Office at (818) 240-5888 or stop in to arrange for a consultation. Dr. Sadeghi and Dr. Kim will be happy to discuss the many affordable options available to meet your dental needs. You can also contact us online.
For more reading and information about TMJ, TMD and Sleep Apnea, please visit the TMJ Help Center of Glendale, located at Broadway Dental.