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  • TMJ Treatment for TMJ Jaw Pain + TMJ Headaches | TMJ Dentist | Dr. Kurt Uyehara

    Millions of American adults suffer from chronic facial pain, such as jaw pain, headaches or earaches. The source of these aches and pains may be related to one or both of the temporomandibular (TM) joints. Located on each side of the head, these joints work together, with a complex system of muscles, ligaments, discs, and bones, to make different movements for chewing and speaking. What is TMJ? Temporomandibular disorder, also known as TMJ, refers to a variety of conditions that affect TM joints, jaw muscles, and facial nerves. TMJ may occur when the jaw twists during the opening, closing or side-motion movements. ​​ ​ What are TMJ Symptoms? People with TMJ may experience these symptoms: Pain in or around the ear Headaches and neck aches Tenderness of the jaw or jaw muscles Jaw pain or soreness that is more prevalent in the morning or late afternoon Jaw pain when chewing, biting or yawning Difficulty opening and closing the mouth Clicking or popping noises when opening the mouth Sensitive teeth when no other dental problems can be found TMJ affects more than twice as many women (particularly those of childbearing age) as men and is the most common non-dental related chronic facial pain. ​ ​ ​What are main causes of TMJ? Arthritis - Infectious arthritis, traumatic arthritis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and secondary degenerative arthritis can affect the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) Misaligned bite (problem with the way teeth fit together) Jaw dislocation or injury Does stress have an impact to TMJ? Stress is thought to be a factor in TMJ. Even strenuous physical tasks, such as lifting a heavy object or stressful situations, can aggravate TMJ by causing overuse of jaw muscles, specifically clenching or grinding teeth (also known as bruxism). How do TMJ specialist diagnose TMJ? Diagnosis is an important step before treatment. In about 90% of cases, your description of symptoms, combined with a simple physical examination of face and jaw by your dentist, provides useful information for diagnosing these disorders, according to the Delta Dental Plans Association. Our team will take x-rays and make a cast of your teeth to see how your bite fits together, or request specialized x-rays for the TM joints. Your complete medical history may be reviewed, so it is important to keep your dental office record up-to-date. What should I do if think you have TMJ? Call us for an assessment which has is focused on conservative TMJ treatment. Dr. Kurt Uyehara has over 30 years of experience helping patients from all over the world and locally in Hawaii with TMJ pain relief and preventative dental health treatments. ​​ What treatments are used to treat TMJ headache pain & TMJ jaw pain? Our TMJ Disorder treatments can help improve your headaches/migraines, balance, aches/pains, fatigue, and airway. Day Appliances can treat your TMJ disorder and can help improve your overall health. Night Appliances can open your airway at night, relieving symptoms of sleep-disordered breathing such as snoring, upper airway resistance syndrome (UARS), and even obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). For those patients who are CPAP intolerant, our day and night sleep apnea appliances can be a great alternative. Servicing global patients seeking TMJ specialist, headache relief, migraine treatments, and sleep apnea solutions. ​​ #tmjpainrelief #tmjpain #tmjpainreliefinstitute #drkurtuyehara #TMJdentisthonolulu Visit us at www.tmjdentalhawaii.com or call us 808-944-8338 for any appointment. https://www.tmjdentalhawaii.com/post/wisdom-tooth-pain-causes-cures-pain-relief https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwuXRTeKbqw&t=1s

  • Wisdom Tooth Removal: What to Expect Before & After Surgery | Dr. Kurt Uyehara, DDS

    Top 3 Reasons & Causes You Are Experiencing Wisdom Tooth Pain: ​It is good to know that wisdom teeth rarely cause pain unless there is something wrong and, in most cases, your dentist may recommend wisdom teeth removal. Cavity: Cavities are prone to specific places such as tight spaces between teeth where it is hard to clean. As wisdom teeth grow close to other teeth, this creates a space for cavities to form. Pain Due to Growth of Wisdom Teeth: If your wisdom teeth are coming out or growing it may be breaking through the gums, causing soreness or pain.  You may have problems biting, chewing and even opening your mouth. Gum Disease: Gum disease like cavities are prone to wisdom teeth.  This is due to the location and lack of space make them harder to clean. ​​​ Wisdom Teeth Pain: Step by Step to Take to Relieve Pain Visit your dentist: Ensure your issues are resolved before they become more impacting to overall oral health. More than likely, wisdom teeth removal will help cure and prevent any wisdom tooth related oral health problems. Contact Dr. Kurt Uyehara for an immediate appointment or visit our website at https://tmjdentalhawaii.com. However, if your wisdom teeth are already causing you pain, you’ll need to ease the pain naturally below are a few tips on relieve wisdom tooth pain: 1. Place a cold compress/ice against your face: Place it where the pain is located to help dull the pain or your tooth or jaw. 2. Ibuprofen/Aspirin:  If not allergic and with consent of your doctor or dentist, take the recommended daily amount of Ibuprofen/Aspirin as an anti-inflammatory. This may help temporarily dull the pain. 3. Over the counter numbing Gels: There are many different brands of mouth numbing gels made that you can purchase over the counters such as Baby Orajel. These are temporary pain relievers. 4. Wisdom Teeth Removal: This may be the best way to fix any wisdom tooth related issues and prevent any future problems.​ ​ WISDOM TOOTH REMOVAL: WHAT TO EXPECT BEFORE AND AFTER SURGERY ​ ​Time to remove your wisdom teeth? Your dentist may recommend removal and generally the procedure takes place right in the office by a oral surgeon. With proper care, in a few days, you should heal and feel back to yourself. ​ What Are Wisdom Teeth? Top 4 reasons wisdom teeth will need to be removed. Top 5 things to discuss with your dentist before Wisdom Tooth removal/surgery. How long does wisdom teeth removal/surgery take? What to expect during the wisdom teeth removal/surgery process? Top 5 Steps To Take After Wisdom Tooth Removal Or Surgery For A Quick Recovery. ​​ What are wisdom teeth? Wisdom teeth are a third set of molars in the back of your mouth. Using X-rays, your dentist can usually spot them. Wisdom teeth usually start to appear in your teens to early adult age (16-26 years of age). What causes the need to remove wisdom teeth? Wisdom teeth pain or some impact to the mouth. Due to the location of the wisdom teeth in the mouth, wisdom teeth may not come in normally as they are in the back of the mouth. If wisdom teeth are trapped in your gums or jawbone, this is when it becomes painful. 1. Angle of the wisdom tooth is incorrect and presses against your gums or other teeth causing pain. 2. If your mouth is not large enough or your jaw has little or no room for extra set of teeth/molars and thus causes pain. 3. Cavities and gum disease are prevalent in wisdom teeth due to the location in the back of the mouth. It is hard to reach wisdom teeth with toothbrushes and floss and thus cavities and gum disease can occur. ​ What should I discuss with my dentist before wisdom tooth removal or surgery? Your oral surgeon will walk you through all the steps during your appointment. Please give your dentist the following information: 1. Discuss any health problems you have. 2. Provide a list of drugs you take on a regular basis. 3. Be sure you are fully informed and all your questions about the surgery have been 4. answered. Ask questions! Review the of anesthesia you’ll have and any allergies. Discuss after surgery plan. Do you need a ride back home? ​ How long does wisdom teeth removal/surgery take? The wisdom tooth removal surgery should take 45 minutes or less. However, if complications occur, it may take longer. ​ What to expect during the wisdom teeth removal/surgery process? Based on your discussion with your oral surgeon, you will receive anesthesia. This is used so you no pain during the removal of the wisdom tooth. Local: Your mouth will be made numb with a shot of local anesthetic such as Novocain, lidocaine or mepivacaine. Nasal: You may opt to receive breathe nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, to relax or even doze during surgery. This can be used with all other forms of anesthesia. This is temporary and impacts disappear shortly after the nasal treatment is administered. IV sedation: After the surgeon numbs your mouth with local anesthetic, the surgeon may give you drugs through a vein in your arm to make you drowsy and to help you sleep during the procedure. General: You’ll either get drugs through a vein or breathe gas in through a mask. You’ll be asleep the whole time and might not wake up for an hour or so after the surgery. Wisdom tooth removal surgery: After you are numb, your dentist/surgeon will cut your gums or bone to get the wisdom tooth out. Then he will stitch the wound shut to help heal quickly. The stitches generally dissolve after a few days.Gauze may be used during and after surgery in your mouth to soak up blood from the surgery. ​ Top 5 Steps To Take After Wisdom Tooth Removal Or Surgery For A Quick Recovery: 1. Avoid solid foods. 2. Avoid brushing same day. 3. Listen to dentist. 4. Avoid stress activities such as sports. #WisdomToothPain #tmjpainreliefinstitute #drkurtuyehara #TMJdentisthonolulu Visit us at www.tmjdentalhawaii.com or call us 808-944-8338 for any appointment. https://www.tmjdentalhawaii.com/wisdom-tooth-pain-causes-cures Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50FuF58-9vY&t=2s

  • The Road to Living Chronic TMJ Pain Free - Diagnosis & Treatment Plan | Dr. Kurt Uyehara, DDS

    Ever wonder how we treat people with Chronic Pain TMJ? Since no two patients are the same, successful therapy depends on proper diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment planning. In many cases, chronic pain is actually caused from postural compensation. In other words, you could be aligning your joints improperly as to compensate for an uneven bite! Since this leads to pain in areas other than your jaw, many people don't realize that the root of their pain is actually TMJ Disorder. Our TMJ Diagnosis Process In order to minimize our patient’s time and maintain the most cost efficient methods, we like to begin our process by collecting data on airway, center of balance, and neurological reflexes. Diagnosis is an important step before treatment and completed in the following steps: At time of your appointment, a complete dental history is captured. In about 90% of cases, your description of symptoms, combined with a simple physical examination of face and jaw by your dentist, provides useful information for diagnosing these disorders (according to the Delta Dental Plans Association). Our team will take x-rays and make a cast of your teeth to see how your bite fits together, or request specialized x-rays for the TM joints. Your complete medical history may be reviewed, so it is important to keep your dental office record up-to-date. After thorough assessment, we may better proceed with individualized treatment to consistently reduce symptoms and relieve chief complaints. Individualized TMJ Treatment Plan To treat painful TMJ symptoms, we offer craniofacial orthopedic appliances, or temporary emergency appliances for certain cases. Each is uniquely molded based on Dr. Uyehara’s findings such as airway or balance deficiency. Depending on diagnosis, patients are given specific instructions for use- varying from throughout the day, or at night. With proper care, our patient’s bite is corrected and this trickles down to improve their posture and alignment. By improving your jaw, you can remove pain from your neck, back, and other areas and are ready to SMILE! Want to Learn More? If you're suffering from headaches or back or neck pain, come in for a consultation and learn more about how you could live pain free. Call us at 808-944-8338 or visit our office conveniently located in the Ala Moana Building in Honolulu, HI today. #tmjpainrelief #tmjpain #tmjpainreliefinstitute #drkurtuyehara Visit us at www.tmjdentalhawaii.com or call us 808-944-8338 https://www.tmjdentalhawaii.com/tmj-disorders-symptoms-treatments

  • How Dental Implants Help With TMJ Disorders & Relieve TMJ Pain | Dr. Kurt Uyehara, DDS

    Did you know that missing teeth can lead to TMJ? One or more missing teeth can actually end up leading to or contributing to TMJ disorder. One of the leading factors in address TMD/TMJ is by evaluating your bite and ensuring your bite is balanced by replacing missing teeth. You will quickly see that if you’ve been considering dental implants to complete your smile, this might be something that helps you address more concerns than you initially imagined, it could help with TMJ pain relief. Tooth Replacement Options Dr. Kurt Uyehara offers a variety of options for replacing your missing teeth with dental implants. You can replace just one tooth at a time with single implants. You also have the option of replacing multiple teeth through the means of using implant-supported dental bridges, partials, or dentures. We offer mini-implants, partial dental implants, full-implants, and dentures. The TMJ Impact to Implants If you suffer with TMJ/TMD disorder, what this means is that you’re having some issue with your jaw joints, which will include stress, strain, and probably some amount of discomfort. If you have teeth that don’t fit together properly (which is certain if you’re missing teeth), your jaw picks up the slack. It has to work overtime when in use and when at rest, too! So, we encourage you to replace missing teeth with dental implants to restore the balance. This will improve the quality of your daily life, it will make eating and speaking easy again, and it will protect your jaw joints, too! Find Out How Implants Can Help You Learn more about the many benefits of choosing dental implants for your smile. Schedule a visit with our Honolulu, HI, Ala Moana dental practice today by calling us today at 808-944-8338 to schedule your dental care to promote your overall health and wellness. #tmjpainrelief #tmjpain #tmjpainreliefinstitute #drkurtuyehara #dentalimplants Visit us at www.tmjdentalhawaii.com or call us 808-944-8338 Additional Resources: https://www.tmjdentalhawaii.com/post/tmj-jaw-pain-tmj-headaches-tmj-pain-causes-symptoms-pain-relief-cures-dr-kurt-uyehara https://www.tmjdentalhawaii.com/cosmetic-dentistry-bridges-crowns https://www.tmjdentalhawaii.com/post/the-road-to-living-chronic-pain-free

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