TMJ/TMD/Sleep Apnea

TMJ/TMD/Sleep Apnea

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Specializing in Orofacial Pain & Oral Medicine

Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) is the hinge joint that connects the lower jaw to the temporal bone of the skull.

Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) occur as a result of problems with the jaw joint, and surrounding facial muscles that control chewing and moving the jaw.

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Possible Causes:

  • Injury to the jaw, temporomandibular joint, or muscles of the head and neck such as from a heavy blow or whiplash

  • Grinding or clenching the teeth

  • Dislocation of the soft cushion or disc between the ball and socket

  • Presence of osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis in the TMJ

  • Stress, which can cause a person to tighten facial and jaw muscles or clench the teeth

Possible Symptoms:

  • Pain or tenderness in the face, jaw joint area, neck and shoulders, and in or around the ear when you chew, speak or open your mouth wide

  • Limited ability to open the mouth very wide

  • Jaws that get "stuck" or "lock" in the open- or closed-mouth position

  • Clicking, popping, or grating sounds in the jaw joint when opening or closing the mouth (which may or may not be accompanied by pain)

  • A tired feeling in the face

  • Difficulty chewing or a sudden uncomfortable bite as if the upper and lower teeth are not fitting together properly

  • Swelling on the side of the face

  • Toothaches, headaches, neck aches, dizziness, earaches and hearing problems.

Possible Treatments:

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Occlusal Guard

An Occlusal Guard is a custom-made oral appliance designed to protect your teeth from grinding and clenching during sleep, known as bruxism. This durable and comfortable guard is worn over your teeth to prevent excessive wear, fractures, and other damage caused by grinding. By using an Occlusal Guard, patients can experience relief from jaw pain, headaches, and other symptoms associated with bruxism.

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A splint is a custom-designed oral appliance used to treat temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders and related jaw pain. This specialized splint is crafted to fit comfortably in the mouth and helps alleviate symptoms such as jaw discomfort, headaches, and facial pain. By wearing a splint, patients can experience relief from TMJ-related issues and improve their jaw function.

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