TMJ Disorders, Snoring and Sleep Apnea
TMJ disorders cause tenderness and pain in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) — the joint on each side of your head in front of your ears, where your lower jawbone meets your skull. This joint allows you to talk, chew and yawn. In most cases, the pain and discomfort associated with TMJ disorders can be alleviated with self-managed care or nonsurgical treatments.
When you are asleep, the soft tissues of your throat relax, fall back and can block your airway. If there is partial blockage of your airway, these soft tissues vibrate and create Snoring. If there is total blockage of your airway with no air flow for 10 seconds or more, then there is Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Good quality sleep is critical as these repeated interruptions of no breathing with lack of oxygen can be most deadly if left untreated.
Also known as gum disease, infections and damage to the gums and underlying bone can occur without your knowledge. Our dental hygienists are trained to diagnose and treat the earliest signs of periodontal disease because undiagnosed gum disease can lead to health problems and tooth loss. Most periodontal problems can be treated with non-surgical methods and personalized oral hygiene regimens. More extensive periodontal conditions can be treated by a specialist known as a periodontist.
Aligning your teeth and correcting your bite can offer functional and cosmetic benefits. Broadview Heights dentist, Dr. Scott Whitney can discuss your bite-related issues and goals with you to determine if orthodontic treatment could be helpful. He can then connect you with a trusted orthodontist for a detailed consultation and treatment.
Root Canal Treatments
When the nerve inside a tooth has become inflamed or infected due to an accident or a cavity, it may be necessary to clean out the damaged nerve tissue in order to preserve the rest of your tooth. While the root canal procedure has developed a frightening reputation, many patients would say this is unfair. When a root canal treatment is needed and when the issue is treated early, the procedure can be comfortable and effective. It’s the best way to relieve tooth pain when the dental nerve is unhealthy.
Oral surgeons are specialists who can remove wisdom teeth, place dental implants, and perform other dental surgeries which might require sedation and anesthesia. As your general dentist, Dr. Whitney can determine if your wisdom teeth need to be extracted or help you to decide if dental implants could improve your oral health. Based upon your needs and goals, Dr. Whitney can connect you with the oral surgeon who can provide the necessary care.
Learn more about our specialty dental services by calling (404) 838-5550 to schedule an appointment with us today.