TMJ/Sleep Apnea Treatment
What is TMJ?
TMJ stands for the temporal-mandibular joint. Temporal, as in temple area of the skull; mandibular as in mandible, or lower jaw; joint as in its where the head and jaw meet. Problems in this joint may be caused by a misalignment of the teeth, trauma, or excess muscle tension. Aside from the two bones that meet there, cartilage buffers them and five muscles are involved in the area. If something goes wrong a good deal of trouble can result.
Problems in this area can cause:
- Trouble/soreness in opening and closing the mouth
- Clicking or popping of the jaw
- Pain in the jaw muscles
- Soreness in the area, sometimes extending to the face
Dental treatments for the condition can include replacing missing teeth, moving teeth, adjusting the bite, filling gaps between teeth, etc. There is no one solution that is right for all cases. Sometimes a plastic mouthpiece is used to prevent clenching or grinding that is contributing to the problem. If untreated and taken to extremes, surgery may be required to repair a badly damaged joint.
Contact your Fort Lee NJ Dentist to learn how NTI Appliance can help in preventing headaches and migraines caused by teeth clenching and grinding.
With Sleep Apnea, you stop breathing multiple times during sleep, or your breathing is slowed and inhibited because the airway is partially obstructed. The blockage can be caused by relaxed throat muscles; excessive weight; large uvula, tonsils, or adenoids; nasal congestion; or cysts and tumors.
Sleep apnea has a grave impact on your overall health. When you stop breathing your heart stops beating, with devastating effects. It worsens high blood pressure, heart disease, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), and a host of other medical conditions.
Contact your Fort Lee NJ Dentist, Dr. Lori Nasif, to learn about the treatment of Sleep Apnea by calling our office at (201) 224-6430.