Temporomandibular joint disorder, commonly referred to as TMJ or TMD, is an often misunderstood condition that can affect many aspects of your life. It can be responsible for an array of symptoms, many of which may not seem directly related with jaw misalignment. During his training at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Studies (LVI), one of the most distinguished dental training institutions in the nation, Dr. Ogawa focused on several areas of advanced studies, including the treatment of TMJ/TMD.
If you experience unexplained jaw pain, neck pain, migraine-like headaches or other TMJ-related symptoms, please contact Contemporary Dental Health today online or at 503-636-4069 to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Ogawa. We proudly serve the Lake Oswego, West Linn and Portland communities of Oregon.
What Is TMJ?
TMJ is a condition caused by jaw misalignment and produces a variety of painful symptoms. These symptoms are the result of pressure on the facial nerves, most often the trigeminal nerve. This nerve is responsible for transmitting sensation to the jaw, eyes and sinuses. It affects the chewing muscles and can also cause lockjaw.
Symptoms of TMJ/TMD
TMJ is linked to many painful symptoms, not all of which are localized in the jaw. These symptoms can include:
- Generalized facial pain
- Eye pressure pain
- Sinus pressure pain
- Ear pain and/or tinnitus
- Chronic headaches
- Swelling or pain around the jaw joint
- Popping or clicking noises when moving the jaw
If you experience any of these symptoms, please contact Contemporary Dental Health today. Dr. Ogawa will determine the cause of your symptoms and develop a customized treatment plan to restore your jaw to optimal health.
One of the most common symptoms of TMJ is a headache. Jaw misalignment, and the resulting pressure on the trigeminal nerve, can cause painful, migraine-like headaches. If you have been unable to identify the underlying cause of your headaches, you may be suffering from temporomandibular joint disorder.
What Causes TMD?
TMD can result from problems with the jaw joint, jaw muscles or facial nerves. Some issues that can trigger these problems include:
- Jaw misalignment from missing or worn teeth, or other dental issues
- Displacement of the cushioning disc between the ball and socket of the jaw joint
- Bruxism (chronic teeth grinding)
- Injury to the jaw
The most appropriate treatment for TMJ/TMD varies from patient to patient, depending on the details of their condition. Most TMJ treatments focus on restoring your jaw’s proper alignment. Common TMJ treatments include:
- Restorative dental procedures
- Mouth guards to reduce teeth grinding
- Bite-correcting orthotics
Dr. Ogawa utilizes sophisticated technology and years of training and experience to identify and effectively treat TMJ. During your TMJ consultation, he will thoroughly evaluate your oral condition, identify any issues with your jaw or jaw muscles and design a customized treatment plan just for you.
Why Choose Dr. Ogawa for Your TMD Treatment?
Dr. Ogawa trained extensively at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies, widely considered the premiere post-graduate dental training institution in the United States. As an LVI Fellow, Dr. Ogawa has completed the full core curriculum and is distinguished for exceptional skill and experience. The LVI curriculum involves the study of advanced techniques in neuromuscular and cosmetic dentistry, providing dentists with comprehensive knowledge of various dental practices and a unique skill set.
Dr. Ogawa utilizes his skills as an LVI Fellow to develop effective, customized treatment plans for every patient. He knows that no two TMJ cases are identical, and he works to find the best treatment for each case with the most advanced technology and techniques available.
Schedule Your TMJ Consultation Today
To learn more about TMJ and the treatments available at Contemporary Dental Health, please call 503-636-4069 today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ogawa. We welcome patients from across Oregon, including Lake Oswego, West Linn and Portland.