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Treating a Temporomandibular Disorder Starts with Your Oral Surgeon
Posted on 4/23/2018 by Canyon Oral and Facial Surgery
Do you often feel some pain in your jaw area all the way through your inner ear causing some neck and shoulder strain? Do you hear some popping sounds or maybe your jaws lock whenever you open and close your mouth? You might have a Temporomandibular Joint Disorder or TMD. The temporomandibular joint is responsible for connecting your jaw to your temporal bones that will enable you to move your jaw and open your mouth. If this joint is damaged, dislocated or injured, you will suffer from pain in your jaw area and even swelling of your face. Common Treatments There are different treatments for TMD, but the effectiveness and efficiency depend on how severe your TMD is. We can give medications for the pain and swelling and a muscle relaxant for the jaw. A mouth guard is also used to help lessen the effects of teeth grinding and teeth clenching. Braces can also be recommended to correct any misalignment on the teeth. Trip to the Oral SurgeonThe above treatments might work. However, if you are suffering from severe TMD, the common treatments will be ineffective and this requires a trip to the oral surgeon. There are three main surgeries that can help you and these are Arthrocentesis, Arthroscopy, and Open Joint Surgery. The mild surgery that you might need is the Arthrocentesis. Considered as a not so invasive surgery for TMD, the oral surgeon will insert small needles into the joint after an anesthesia. The small needles will help wash out the fluids to remove any causes of inflammation. If Arthroscopy is not the proper treatment for the TMD you have, the oral surgeon might consider an Arthroscopy. This is an effective surgery for various TMDs, which requires the oral surgeon to place a cannula or a thin tube into the joint space. The anthroscope will be inserted into the cannula which will help the oral surgeon to determine what inflamed tissue needs to be removed. Lastly, but hopefully not the last treatment option for you is the Open Joint Surgery. If the Arthroscopy leaves fewer risks and minimal scarring, this surgery does not offer that convenience. Instead, the oral surgeon will open up the entire affected area and repair or replace the joint. We understand that TMD is painful and sometimes very alarming, but you should know that there are treatments. If you are suffering from TMD, please contact us today. We want to help you....
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How to Diagnose TMD
Posted on 4/13/2018 by Canyon Oral and Facial Surgery
Do you feel pain in your jaw or having difficulties opening your mouth wide? You may want to consider visiting us for consultation because that can be symptoms of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder or TMD. Now, what is TMD? Mistakenly called as TMJ, TMD is the issues associated with problems and misalignment of the temporomandibular joint, the joint connecting the jaw to the temporal bones of the skull. This joint is responsible for helping you open your mouth so you can chew, talk, and yawn. If the temporomandibular joint has problems, you can feel pain in your jaw joint area as well as on the inner ear, neck, and shoulders and you will be having problems when you open and close your mouth. Causes & Symptoms of TMDThere are few known causes of TMD and these causes are not yet clear. As dentists, we believe that jaw injuries or even some injuries to the head and shoulders can be developed into TMD. But if this is not the case, some people are being diagnosed with TMD if suffer from Bruxism or unknowingly teeth grinding and teeth clenching, especially at night during sleep. As mentioned, people with TMD can feel pain in the jaw area and beyond. This is a constant pain that will not go away, especially when opening the mouth. Also, the jaws usually get locked upon opening and closing of the mouth while hearing popping sounds on the jaw. If you could already notice some swelling in your face, it is time to see the dentist. Properly Diagnosing TMDIf you are still confused if you are really suffering from TMD or just a regular aches and pains, you need to go to the dentist. First, we need to listen to your jaws when you open and close your mouth. Dentists need to be sure that the symptoms are not caused by other dental problems such as tooth decay and gum disease or other health problems including arthritis or joint disorder. Once identified, dentists will run full face x-rays to locate the temporomandibular joints. If this is not yet enough to provide diagnosis, a magnetic resonance imaging and computer tomography scans can help in the diagnosis. The treatment for TMD can start at home, but to get rid of TMD, a visit to the oral surgeon is recommended. Let us help you. If you are experiencing some of the symptoms, do not hesitate to contact us right away. Schedule an appointment today!...
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Why Oral Surgeons Sometimes Split Teeth during Removal
Posted on 3/23/2018 by Canyon Oral and Facial Surgery
When you have teeth removed by an oral surgeon, they will sometimes break up the tooth with a specialized tooth before they start to remove it from the gums. This is done for a particular reason, since they want to ensure that the problem area is taken care of and that you do not have to worry about having part of the tooth stuck in your mouth any longer. Learn more about why oral surgeons break up teeth before they remove them from the gums entirely. Splitting Teeth That are Getting RemovedWhen teeth are getting removed from the mouth, it is important for the oral surgeon to get all of the parts of the tooth out. This will reduce the chances of infection or having a decaying part of the tooth left in the gums. When the tooth is large and parts of it are impacted, they may use a specialized tool to break up the tooth and then remove it from the inside of the mouth. This is important since the person has to ensure that they have the tooth taken out. The specialized tool breaks up the tooth into a couple different pieces. This allows the oral surgeon to grab each of the pieces much easier. Once this is done, they will then pull out each section of the tooth using another tool. They will double check to make sure that all of the tooth is removed. If you have an impacted tooth that needs to be removed, always trust in a professional oral surgeon that can do the job. Give our office a call today and we can set you up with an appointment to come in and have your tooth removed safely. You should not have to worry about getting an infection or having a tooth that is causing you pain and discomfort....
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All Posts:

Treating a Temporomandibular Disorder Starts with Your Oral Surgeon
4/23/2018
How to Diagnose TMD
4/13/2018
Why Oral Surgeons Sometimes Split Teeth during Removal
3/23/2018
What Risks Does Implant Surgery Carry with It?
3/13/2018
When Trying to Reduce Swelling After Oral Surgery, Consider Frozen Yogurt
2/25/2018
How Often Do You Need an Oral Cancer Screening?
2/15/2018
How to Manage Your TMJ Pain Between Dental Visits
1/25/2018
Snoring Increases Your Likelihood of Cavities, But It Can Be Corrected
1/15/2018
What to Do If an Adjacent Tooth Breaks During an Extraction
12/23/2017
What Foods to Avoid After Oral Surgery Because They Could Hurt Your Gums
12/13/2017
Signs Of Oral Cancer That You Should Know
11/27/2017
Should You Inquire About Getting A Custom Mouth Guard
11/17/2017
What Can You Safely Do After Oral Surgery?
10/27/2017
Ways of Determining if You Have a Dental Fracture
10/17/2017
Rotating Between Heat and Ice Can Help After Oral Surgery
9/30/2017
Reducing Pain in Your TMJ
9/20/2017
Reasons Chewing May Hurt
8/27/2017
Preventing Injuries to Your Teeth
8/17/2017
Protecting Your Teeth When You Sleep
7/30/2017
Our Gums Darken as We Get Older
7/23/2017
Preparing a Tooth for Extraction so It Can Be as Stress-Free as Possible
6/30/2017
Is There a Benefit to Keeping Wisdom Teeth That Don't Hurt?
6/20/2017
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