TMJ Specialist

Full Breath Center of Beverly Hills

Sleep Apnea Dentists & Orafacial Pain Specialists located in Beverly Hills, CA

If you have frequent headaches or pain in your face or jaw, you may have a temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ or TMD). At the Full Breath Center of Beverly Hills in Los Angeles, Bryan Keropian, DDS, diagnoses and treats TMJ with custom mouthpieces that correct the alignment of your jaw. Call the Full Breath Center of Beverly Hills or make an appointment online today.

TMJ Q & A

What is TMJ?

Your temporomandibular joint is unique, a sliding hinge that connects your lower jaw to your upper jaw and skull. If you clench or grind your teeth, or if the joint is misaligned, it can cause painful symptoms. For example, if you have TMJ, you may suffer from:

  • Pain in your jaw or teeth
  • Facial pain
  • Headaches
  • Ear pain
  • Pain behind your eyes
  • Painful or difficult chewing
  • Inability to fully open your mouth
  • Neck and shoulder pain

You might also notice a clicking sensation or noise, or a grating or grinding sound when you open or close your jaw.

What causes TMJ?

In many cases, the cause of a TMJ disorder isn’t easy to diagnose. However, some of the prevalent causes of TMJ problems include erosion of the cushioning disc in your TMJ joint, damage from an impact, and arthritis. You could also have an alignment problem that puts pressure on your jaw.

Your risk of developing TMJ increases if you grind or clench your teeth or have injured your jaw. Your risk is also higher if you have arthritis or a connective tissue disorder.

Sleep apnea is another common cause of TMJ and facial pain. However, since sleep apnea disrupts your sleep and reduces the amount of time you spend in deep sleep, you may experience additional symptoms, such as:

  • Daytime fatigue
  • Irritability and mood swings
  • Forgetfulness
  • Poor health

In addition, sleep apnea and poor sleep are associated with health problems including obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes.

How is TMJ diagnosed?

At the Full Breath Center of Beverly Hills, Dr. Keropian diagnoses TMJ disorders with an exam and diagnostic imaging tests. He examines your teeth and feels your jaw for abnormalities while you open and close your mouth, listening for a clicking sound.

Dr. Keropian also orders X-rays to examine your teeth, jaw, and TMJ in more detail. He may order an MRI or CT scan to collect more information about your jaw to diagnose the condition causing your symptoms.

How is TMJ treated?

TMJ is in many cases multicausal.  Treatment can become very involved, complicated and include mouthpieces, adjusting the bite, dental rehabilitation ( multiple crown build-up that Dr. Nagjee does this without doing crowns – see him in the providers), orthodontics, physical therapy, chiropractic’s, and numerous alternative medicine treatment.  One can get on the treatment merry-go-round and get very discouraged trying to find cures for the pain.

Dr. Keropian has developed a treatment protocol for good health and healing with many body ailments, pain, and low energy with the use of oxygen in treating sleep apnea. His Full Breath Solution integrates a comfortable mouthpiece with oxygen therapy, providing your body with sufficient oxygenation to meet your needs.  With all the treatment described above, we believe that sleep apnea plays a major role in most TMJ patients.

If you have sleep apnea, you will benefit from a mouthpiece, which can prevent your tongue from relaxing into your airway and creating a blockage. Depending on your condition, you may also benefit from Dr. Keropian’s oxygen mouthpiece and oxygen compressor to send a steady stream of oxygen into your lungs while you sleep.  Low oxygen creates acidity an and these two maladies weaken the immune system and make you more prone to pain. We increase your oxygen level and improve your health, energy and pain.

We believe that low oxygen and acidity are one of the most dangerous maladies on the planet.  And sleep apnea is a major cause of low oxygen and acidity.

If you’re troubled by jaw pain, headaches, or other symptoms of TMJ problems, call the Full Breath Center of Beverly Hills or make an appointment online today for expert diagnosis and customized treatments.