Do you often feel facial soreness or have trouble moving your jaw? These could be signs of a temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) – an issue with the joint that connects your jaw to your skull.

Surprisingly, a sleep disorder like sleep apnoea can be related to TMJ issues, and both of these can be treated at the dentist.

Understanding this connection is key to relieving jaw pain and improving your sleep quality. Find out all you need to know about sleep apnoea, TMJ, and the dentist right here.

TMJ and the dentist

Do you often feel pain in your jaw or hear clicking sounds when you move it? Maybe you’ve noticed tight or sore facial muscles and headaches in the morning. These could all be signs of TMJ.

Experiencing symptoms of TMJ alongside sleep apnoea calls for a visit to a dentist specialising in both conditions.

Symptoms that may indicate TMJ issues that require attention from a qualified dentist include:

  • Lockjaw
  • Jaw tenderness or pain
  • Migraines
  • Chronic jaw clenching or teeth grinding due to stress
  • Clicking noises when opening or closing the mouth
  • Ear-related discomfort such as stuffiness, pain, vertigo, or ringing
  • Neck, shoulder, and facial pain

We will discuss your symptoms, examine your head, neck, face, and jaw for any tenderness, and ask about your medical history.

Diagnosing jaw issues can be complex due to various potential causes, so you may also be referred to a specialist, such as an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, for further evaluation or jaw surgery in London.

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Jaw surgery for TMJ

Approximately one out of every ten individuals in the UK experiences issues with their jaw joint, which doctors refer to as either jaw joint dysfunction or TMJ dysfunction.

Open TMJ surgery involves your surgeon making a cut in front of your ear to access your temporomandibular joint (TMJ), allowing them to diagnose and treat issues such as torn cartilage or joint surface damage.

During the procedure, which is performed under general anaesthesia and lasts about an hour for each joint, the surgeon may reposition or remove the cartilage disc, reshape the joint surfaces, or use stitches or pins to hold the disc in place if it’s displaced.

Non-surgical alternatives like rest, painkillers, TMJ splints, muscle-relaxing medication, Botox injections, or steroid injections may also be considered based on the diagnosis.

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Jaw surgery for sleep apnoea

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder where breathing pauses or becomes shallow during sleep, leading to disrupted sleep patterns and potential health issues.

Obstructive sleep apnoea not only impacts health but also significantly affects quality of life. Among its causes, jawbone structure plays a crucial role, which can be corrected through safe and effective surgery.

Jaw surgery in London involves placing the patient under anaesthesia, placing arch bars to maintain occlusion, making incisions to expose and reposition the upper and lower jaws, and securing them with titanium screws.

Recovery entails a hospital stay of 2-3 nights, followed by weeks of a liquid diet, gradually transitioning to soft foods post-band removal.

Potential side effects include anaesthetic-related discomfort, post-surgical symptoms like pain and swelling, and alterations in profile post-surgery. Complications are rare, but can include infection or nerve damage.

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Choose E11even Dental for jaw surgery

The dental experts at E11even Dental offer comprehensive diagnosis and treatment for sleep disorders, including surgical interventions if necessary, emphasising the importance of seeking medical attention for sleep-related issues to enhance overall quality of life.

If you’re suffering from any of these symptoms and want to discuss jaw surgery in London, there’s a dental expert here at E11even Dental ready to provide the specialised care you deserve.

To find out more about our dental treatments, call us at 020 7018 2383 and book an appointment today.