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Dental sleep medicine in Long Beach

TMJ Long Beach

TMJ Long Beach

If you are suffering from TMJ problems, there is definitely help. TMJ is a disorder when people clench their jaw due to tension; this motion can cause problems with dental work or even jaw alignment. If you wake up with frequent headaches or neck pain, or you wake up with sore and stiff muscles around your jaw, you may indeed have TMJ. Your jaw may even click or pop when you open your mouth. Problems with TMJ can be treated at our dental practice, Dr. Paul Grin, DDS, MPH, APC. If you need TMJ Long Beach care, come into our practice where our dentist practices dental sleep medicine.

Dental sleep medicine is a specialized area of dental care that focuses on the use of oral appliance therapy to treat problems such as snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. Our dentist works together with a sleep physician to help identify the best treatment for each patient. Oral appliance therapy can be successfully used to treat patients with TMJ Long Beach problems or patients with obstructive sleep apnea. Oral appliances are a non-invasive and comfortable way for patients to be treated or these potentially serious disorders. When the patient is comfortable with the treatment they are much more likely to practice better treatment compliance. For example, the CPAC machine is very effective in treating problems with sleep apnea. However, many patients find this machine to be way too cumbersome to use, and as a result simply do not use it.

Oral appliance therapy for TMJ utilizes a small appliance that fits over the upper teeth. It is similar to an orthodontic retainer. It slightly moves the lower jaw forward, so the base of the tongue remains forward and the airway stays open. This helps the patient to have an open airway, and thus reduces snoring and sleep apnea. Each appliance is highly customized so that it can treat each patient’s individualized needs. Most patients find these appliances easy to use, and easy to clean. The appliances can also easily be transported from place to another and are very convenient if you travel a lot for business or pleasure. Our Dental Sleep Medicine Department follows stringent standards to provide the very best care for patients who have sleep-related problems or disorders such as TMJ or sleep apnea. When you wear a sleep appliance, you will have a better nights’ sleep, and enjoy overall improved health. For an appointment to meet with Dr. Grin for TMJ Long Beach treatment, contact us today.

4305 Torrance Blvd, Suite 505
Torrance, California 90503
(310) 933-3077

Torrance TMJ Treatment

When people often think of visiting their dentist, they commonly think of conditions that affect your teeth and your gums. While this is true, problems with your jawbone, muscle and joint can also have something to do with your overall oral health. Our TMJ specialist here in Torrance is here to help with such issues. Any feelings of discomfort outside of your mouth can still be linked to your oral health and Dr. Paul Grin, DDS, MPH, APC is here to provide you with the compressive treatment and care that you need.

TMJ Specialist in Torrance

TMJ Specialist in Torrance

Temporomandibular joint disorder, also known as TMJ, is when there is a problem with the temporomandibular joint, which is the hinge joint of your jaw. This joint is located in front of the ear. You can feel this joint move if you place your fingers just in front of your ear while opening and closing your mouth. TMJ disorder is when there are issues with the way this joint functions. Such issues can be problematic. They can put a lot of strain on your jaw, affecting the way you bite, chew and use your jaw to breathe, speak or complete other natural tasks such as yawning. TMJ disorder can also affect your jaw muscles as well. Some of the symptoms of TMJ include headaches, earaches, an aching jaw and even aching teeth. You may even experience a clicking sound when you open or close your mouth. This sound may be the result of a problem with the disc portion of the joint located in your jaw. If this joint does not work correctly, it does not properly prevent the jaw bone from colliding with your skull, causing any of the aforementioned symptoms. Our TMJ specialist here in Torrance, Dr. Paul Grin, DDS, MPH, APC, can provide you with the comprehensive dental examination you need in order to being prescribing any treatment for TMJ.

If you have any of the symptoms mentioned above, do not hesitate to schedule an appointment with Dr. Paul Grin, DDS, MPH, APC. Dr. Grin is here to work with each patient individually in order to find out the exact cause of their symptoms and to treat them accordingly.

TMJ Torrance
4305 Torrance Blvd, Suite 505
Torrance, California 90503
(310) 933-3077

At the Dr. Grin’s office we educate the patient so that they can take part in their healing. Only when a diagnosis has been made and clearly explained to the patient can the patient begin to make educated decisions about their care.

What is chronic pain?

Chronic pain is classified as pain that affects an area of your body longer than six months.

What are some signs and symptoms that I might have temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ)?

Pain in and around the ears, ear stuffiness, limited mouth opening, the lower jaw getting “stuck” on opening or closing, clicking, popping and/or grinding sounds near your ears on opening and closing, headaches, migraines, tenderness in the muscles of the head, face or jaw and bite changes.

What are some diagnostic tools you use to diagnose TMJ dysfunction?

History is often the most important diagnostic tool. We also use a thorough examination, doppler auscultation and very often a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) study.

Will I need TMJ surgery?

Surgery is recommended in less than 2 % of TMJ disorder patients. At The Orofacial Pain Center, we use every conservative measure possible to eliminate your discomfort before referring you to an Oral Surgeon for a surgical consult. If surgery is recommended, we will thoroughly discuss options available to you. There have been many positive outcomes for the few patients where surgery was the only option.

What is sleep apnea and how do I know if I have it?

Signs of sleep apnea are loud snoring sounds and episodes where breathing actually ceases for short periods of time. Patients can experience high blood pressure, excessive daytime sleepiness, irritability and weight gain.

What is neuropathic pain?

Neuropathic pain is generally constant, sharp, stabbing, burning, aching and/or electrical type pain in the nose, lips, eyes, ears or teeth. It is usually related to traumatic injury to the nerves that supply those structures. This type of pain can also be called continuous neuropathic pain, episodic neuropathic pain, atypical facial pain, atypical trigeminal neuralgia, atypical odontalgia, sympathetically maintained pain and chronic regional pain syndrome.

 

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