Sleep apnea and TMJ treatments in in Ottawa, ON
If your dentist has used the term temporomandibular disorder (TMD for short) to describe something you may have, know that it refers to a general umbrella term that encompasses problems with movement and pain in the jaw or surrounding area. To learn more about the problems, symptoms, and causes of TMD, read on.
Each of us has two temporomandibular joints (TMJs) – one on each side of the jaw – that act as hinges, connecting the jawbone to the temporal bone of the skull. This joint is very important – it allows us to chew food, talk, and move our mouth around with ease. As such, TMJ treatment can be a vital part of addressing the comfort and mobility of your jaw.
When pain and discomfort occur in this area and the surrounding neck and face regions, the exact cause of temporomandibular disorder isn’t always easy to identify. There are a variety of factors that can contribute to pain and restriction of movement in the jaw, ranging from teeth grinding, injury to the mouth, genetics, or even arthritis.
What Are The
Symptoms of TMD?
Some of the most common symptoms of temporomandibular disorders include:
- Painful sensation or discomfort in the jaw joint
- Pain and tenderness of entire or focused area of jaw
- Aching around or in the ear
- Surrounding face and neck pain
- Locked/restricted jaw
- Discomfort and trouble with chewing
- Swelling of face
- Clicking sound or a strange feeling when chewing
- Sleep Apnea
If you notice any of these recurring symptoms or general pain and dysfunction of the jaw, schedule an appointment with your doctor or dentist to have it looked at and provide you with TMJ treatment if necessary.
Visit a Dentist
If you or a loved one is experiencing noticeable irritation and pain in the face, neck or jaw area, it’s important to have it examined to determine the exact root of the pain. The dentist will check the joints of the jaw and listen for any unusual sounds like clicking or popping. X-rays may also be necessary to get a thorough look at the TMD, also to make sure that there aren’t any other underlying problems occurring.
Another potential warning sign might be sleep apnea. Dr. Dahan, your sleep apnea dentist in Ottawa, can help you identify if your issues are caused by a TMJ related disorder. Additionally, if you require CPAP, Ottawa based treatment is available.
In most cases, TMD related pain and discomfort is temporary and won’t require surgery. But depending on the exact cause of your symptoms, there are numerous other treatments that can be recommended by your dentist, including dental work like crowns or bridges to replace missing teeth, anti-inflammatory medication, a night guard (snoring guard, snoring appliance etc), or, in rare cases, oral surgery.
Dr. Dahan of the Ottawa TMJ & Sleep Apnea Clinic treats TMD. In the event you have any concerns or questions you would like addressed, contact our office at your earliest convenience.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are there any natural remedies to help relieve pain associated with TMJ?
Making certain lifestyle changes may help relieve TMJ symptoms in the short-term. A few natural remedies may include acupuncture, massage, jaw stretches, and sleep position. Remember, these are temporary fixes and shouldn’t be considered a long-term solution.
If you’re experiencing pain from TMJ, give us a call at (613) 454-1854 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Dahan. He’ll take the time to discuss your symptoms and help determine the most effective treatment for you. Dr. Dahan may recommend a custom-made oral appliance to help improve the alignment of your jaw while you sleep and prevent further pain from TMJ.
How do you treat TMJ disorder (TMD)?
Our practice offers several treatments for tackling TMD and relieving pain associated with the disorder. During your initial consultation, Dr. Dahan will examine your entire mouth and discuss your symptoms to determine the best treatment option for your unique needs.
It’s extremely rare, but for severe cases of TMD, Dr. Dahan may recommend surgery as a last line of defense. However, most patients experience relief with a customized nightguard or other dental solutions, like crowns or bridges to replace missing teeth. To learn more, give us a call at (613) 454-1854 and we’ll schedule your no-obligation consultation with Dr. Dahan so he can explain your options in detail.
Are there any long-term effects of TMJ disorder?
There are several long-term effects of leaving TMD untreated, as it can increase your risk for developing serious health problems. Without proper treatment, TMJ disorder may result in tooth loss, jaw bone deterioration, nerve damage, migraines, or even hearing loss. That’s why it’s crucial to give us a call if you’re experiencing pain related to TMJ disorder or think you may be suffering from TMD. Dr. Dahan and our exceptional team will get to the root of the problem and help put an end to your pain.
When should I seek treatment for TMJ pain?
If TMJ pain is affecting your everyday life, it’s time to seek professional treatment. Pain from TMJ can be debilitating, but you don’t have to power through it. With years of experience, Dr. Dahan has a variety of tools and techniques to help relieve symptoms related to TMJ and put an end to the pain.
Contact our practice at (613) 454-1854 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Dahan. He’ll assess your oral health and explain your options so you can make an informed, confident decision regarding your treatment.