Temporomandibular Joint Disorders

TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders are a family of problems related to your jaw joints. If you have had symptoms like pain or a “clicking” sound, you’ll be glad to know that these problems are easily diagnosed. Some types of TMJ problems can lead to more serious conditions. Early detection and treatment are important.
No one treatment can resolve TMJ disorders completely. Treatment takes time to be effective.

Trouble with your Jaw?

TMJ disorders develop for many reasons. You might clench or grind your teeth, tighten your jaw muscles, thus stressing your TM joint. Or, you may have a damaged jaw joint due to injury or disease. Whatever the cause, the results may include a misaligned bite, pain, clicking or grating noises when you open your mouth, or trouble opening your mouth widely.
Sleep Apnea:
Sleep apnea is a common disorder that can be serious. In sleep apnea, your breathing stops or gets very shallow. Each pause in breathing typically lasts 10 to 20 seconds or more. These pauses can occur 20 to 30 times or more an hour.
The most common type is obstructive sleep apnea. That means you are unable to get enough air through your mouth and nose into your lungs. When that happens, the amount of oxygen in your blood may drop. Normal breaths resume with a snort or choking sound. People with sleep apnea often snore loudly. However, not everyone who snores has sleep apnea.
When your sleep is interrupted throughout the night, you can be drowsy during the day. People with sleep apnea are at higher risk for car crashes, work-related accidents and other medical problems. If you have it, it is important to get treatment.
There are a few appliances the dentist can use to help you with the Sleep Apnea.  These appliances will help to push the tongue forward in a relaxed manner, and allows the airwave to be open for easier breathing.


North Hill Dental Center

Family Dentist Richmond Hill

9993 Yonge Street
Richmond Hill, ON, L4C 1T9

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North Hill Dental Center is conveniently located at the southeast corner of Yonge and Major Mackenzie in Richmond Hill, Ontario.
North Hill Dental Center proudly serves the surrounding areas of Richmound Hill, Thornhill, Vaughan, Maple Purpleville, King City, Gormley, Greensborough and Markham.