Do you suffer from chronic and persistent headaches? Your medical symptom could be due to a dental condition.
Are you tired of suffering from persistent head or jaw pain? Have you been passing off dizziness, sensitive teeth and tinnitus as mere singular issues? Actually, these problems are all symptoms of a larger issue, and your medical symptoms could in fact be pinpointed to a dental problem!
If you suffer from persistent headaches or back, neck and shoulder pain, it is possible you may have TMD. This condition known as Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD) affects the temperomandibular joint (TMJ) which is located just in front of the ear. When this joint does not function properly it can cause a wide range of other issues in the body, which are often passed off as simplistic symptoms.
Download your free TMJ guide to explore the following:
- What is TMJ disorder or TMD?
- Signs and symptoms
- What causes TMJ disorder?
- Treatment and suitability
- Your treatment options with Ironside Advanced Dental
What is TMD?
TMD is a condition that is caused by the dysfunction of the TMJ. The jaw is intricately connected to other areas of the head and face, and when the joints do not function as they should (due to malocclusions, inflammation or other issues), they can actually cause pain to occur in other regions of the body!
What are the symptoms of TMD?
TMD can be difficult to diagnose because of the simplistic nature of its symptoms. At Ironside Advanced Dental, we know what to look for when patients come to us and know that a correct diagnosis is the first step to helping you alleviate your symptoms by treating the source of your pain.
The symptoms of TMD can include one or more of the following:
- Headaches or migraines
- Jaw pain
- Clicking in the jaw
- Facial pain
- Sensitive or sore teeth
- Back, neck and shoulder pain
- Ringing in the ears
What causes TMD?
TMD is often caused by malocclusion which can be in the form of overbites, under bites or cross bites. Malocclusions (depending on their complexity) can take some time to solve, however Dr Ironside will assess your condition and give you an estimated treatment duration based on your individual needs.
TMD and sleep apnoea
Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) or temporomandibular disorder (TMD) is the leading cause of sleep apnoea.
Sleep apnoea refers to obstructive sleep often caused by throat muscles relaxing and restricting the airways. As a result, a sufferer is forced awake by the brain to start breathing again. This causes repeatedly interrupted sleep.
If you’re suffering from sleep apnoea, a visit to Ironside Advanced Dental can help. Studies have revealed correction of the malocclusion can relieve sleep apnoea.
There are a number of medical causes for sleep apnoea however TMD (temporomandibular disorder) is the main dental cause for sleep apnoea. TMD can present in a malocclusion where the teeth are visibly misaligned because of a misalignment in the jaw.
This condition causes jaw and facial pain, can cause headaches and bruxism as well as obstructive sleep apnoea.
Will I have to wear my mouth guard constantly for it to be effective?
Oral appliances that assist with obstruction of the throat during sleep are only necessary when sleeping. These appliances are designed to be comfortable enough for you to sleep peacefully and are not necessary during waking hours unless otherwise recommended.
How long will it take before the mouth guard is effective in the treatment of sleep apnoea?
An oral appliance treats sleep apnoea immediately. If the cause of your sleep apnoea is dental, then the manual correction of your dental misalignment will prevent sleep apnoea episodes while wearing the appliance.
How long will I have to wear a mouth guard for sleep apnoea?
Depending on the other symptoms of your TMD your dentists may recommend wearing an oral appliance correctively or as a permanent sleeping aid.
Yes, it definitely can. Sleep dentistry is a form of dental care which focuses on providing treatment to alleviate snoring and sleep apnoea. Our elite prosthodontist in Sydney will create a custom-made appliance designed to relieve snoring and sleep apnoea. If you are showing symptoms like lethargy, falling asleep at random times, reduced lung capacity and jaw clenching pain or grinding, consider conducting undergoing a sleep test and referring to Dr Ironside for an advanced treatment to create a custom oral device for you.
There are various ways to treat or alleviate the symptoms of sleep apnoea. The most popular are using a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine every night while you sleep; or oral appliance therapy. Dr Ironside is one of Australia’s elite prosthodontists, specialising in custom-made appliances to alleviate snoring and sleep apnoea. This device repositions the jaw forward to open up the airway, and thus allows air to flow easily in and out of the mouth. These maxilla splints can be adjusted by the user to reduce the obstructive components of sleep apnoea. This treatment is explained in more detail here.
The most accurate method to use to confirm if you suffer from sleep apnoea, is to conduct a sleep study or test. These can be done in the comfort of your home or at a sleep clinic. Consider consulting a Sleep Specialist to determine which test will work for your budget and lifestyle. In both cases, you will use the machine at night, by placing the belt around your mid-section, affixing the clip to your index finger, placing the airflow sensor just under your nose, breathing normally. Based on the data and results of this test, the Sleep Specialist will be able to advise of your best course of treatment.
At Ironside Advanced Dental we can accurately diagnose TMD
As a prosthodontist, Dr Ironside has a thorough understanding of TMD and can therefore provides our patients with correct diagnosis for more effective treatment and alleviation of painful symptoms. If you suffer from any of the aforementioned symptoms either singularly or in combination, you may be suffering silently from TMD. At Ironside Advanced Dental we have your solution.
TMD treatment in Sydney
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