Your Jaw Pain, Clicking, and Soreness Could Be TMJ Disorder

Senior Man with Jaw PainDo you wake up in the morning with a sore jaw, or suffer from chronic headaches? When you open your mouth, do you hear popping or clicking sounds emanating from your jaw? Do you experience trouble opening or closing your jaw completely? You may be part of the 25 percent of our population who suffer from TMD, or temporomandibular joint disorder.

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ), assists in the basic opening and closing movements of the jaw. Unfortunately, this joint is a common area for recurring pain. TMJ disorder affects the joint by causing this pain and limiting the movement of the patient’s jaw.

Dr. Richard Hada has years of experience helping patients with TMJ disorder. He can examine your jaws and determine if you suffer from TMJ disorder, then suggest an appropriate treatment.

To learn more about TMJ disorder and how it can affect you, call our Mission Viejo, CA, dental office today at (949) 951-1067 and schedule a consultation with Dr. Hada.

What is TMJ Disorder?

TMJ disorder is a condition in which the temporomandibular joints connecting the upper and lower jaw do not function correctly. These joints help the lower jaw move, allowing you to open and close your mouth with ease.

When the joints, and their attached muscles, fail to work together correctly, it can cause a painful misalignment we refer to as TMJ disorder. Dr. Hada will perform a check for occlusion, which refers to how your upper and lower jaws meet when you bite, to determine if you have TMJ disorder.

Symptoms of TMJ Disorder

TMJ disorder can present many different symptoms. Unfortunately, most of these symptoms also occur with other problems, so you may find it hard to know for sure if you have TMJ disorder. The doctor will carefully examine your mouth and jaw and take detailed x-rays to help them make their diagnosis.

Symptoms of TMD include:

  • Dull headaches in the temple area
  • Popping or clicking sounds in your jaw when you open your mouth
  • Sudden misalignment of the upper and lower teeth
  • Persistent pain in the jaw, especially when chewing or yawning
  • Pain similar to an earache, when you have no ear problems
  • Jaw getting stuck or locking

If you experience persistent pain in your jaw, or cannot completely open or close it, call us immediately so Dr. Hada can make a diagnosis and recommend treatment.

Diagnosing TMD

Diagnosing TMJ disorder can prove tricky, with so many possible symptoms that could indicate other problems. Dr. Hada recommends discussing your symptoms with your primary care physician as well, so he or she can rule out any other health problems that may have the same symptoms.

Dr. Hada can perform a TMJ exam, in which he examines the joint tissue in the “hinge” of the jaw. Possible problems he may find in this area include swelling and deterioration or damage to the joint tissue, which cushions the jaw bones during the opening and closing movement of the mouth. If Dr. Hada determines that you have TMJ disorder, he will recommend a course of treatment best suited to your condition.

Treating Your TMD

You have several treatment options available to treat TMJ disorder, ranging from home remedies to prescription medications and mouth guards. Typically, the doctor will recommend trying the most conservative home treatments first, as most cases of TMJ disorder do not require aggressive treatment.

Simple home remedies may include options such as eating soft foods, using heat packs on the jaw to alleviate inflammation, and avoiding foods like caramels and chewing gum. The doctor may also suggest trying relaxation techniques like meditation to relax the jaw tension, and temporarily avoiding activities such as gum chewing, singing, yawning, and other activities that involve a lot of jaw movement.

Common pain relievers and cold compresses can provide temporary relief from swelling and pain for most cases of TMJ. If these remedies fail to provide any relief, Dr. Hada can prescribe muscle relaxers or anti-inflammatory drugs to try and relax the jaw muscles.

For many patients, the doctor will suggest a mouth guard called an occlusal splint. Worn at night, while you sleep, a mouth guard prevents your teeth from coming together and grinding, and forces your jaw into proper alignment.

For more serious cases of TMJ, Dr. Hada may recommend alternate treatments. In some cases, he will provide orthodontic appliances or retainers to alleviate discomfort or redirect positioning of the TMJ joint.

For the most severe cases of TMJ, the doctor may recommend certain invasive procedures, such as surgery or implants. He typically considers these options last resort solutions when all other treatments fail to provide results.

Call Us Today

To schedule a consultation with Dr. Hada to discuss Possible TMJ disorder, call our Mission Viejo, CA, dental office today at (949) 951-1067.

Gum Disease, Diabetes, and Your Health

Close-up of three sugar cubes on wooden tableApproximately 30 million people in the United States have diabetes. That makes up about ten percent of the population. Many of these people have no idea that they suffer from such a serious disease. People with diabetes may experience several types of health problems, including issues with the eyes, kidneys, and heart. These patients have a higher risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke, and have a greater susceptibility to infections.

Diabetics also have a greater chance of developing oral health problems. Dr. Richard Hada wants our patients who suffer from diabetes to have an awareness of the oral health issues they may develop, such as gum disease, which increases the risk of patients developing heart disease, pregnancy complications, and respiratory diseases.

To learn more about how diabetes and gum disease can affect your health, call our Mission Viejo, CA, dental office today at (949) 951-1067 and schedule a consultation with Dr. Hada.

Oral Health Problems Associated with Diabetes

Diabetes, especially when not controlled through diet or medication, can lead to several oral health problems. For instance, patients with high blood sugar become more susceptible to tooth decay.

Diabetics may suffer from salivary gland dysfunction, resulting in a decreased flow of saliva. Some diabetic medications can cause a reduction of saliva as well, often leading to a condition known as dry mouth.

Several oral fungal infections may occur as a result of diabetes decreasing the body’s ability to fight infections. Patients may also suffer from other oral infections, and experience a delay in healing. Some children with diabetes will see their teeth erupt earlier than most.

To help combat these oral health issues, Dr. Hada encourages you to let him know if you suffer from diabetes. He will also need to know if you have your blood sugar levels under control, and any medications you take for the condition.

Keeping the doctor apprised of changes in your medical history, such as a diagnosis of diabetes, will allow him to tailor your dental treatment to help combat oral health problems associated with the disease.

A Unique Relationship

Gum disease is the most common dental disease associated with diabetes, affecting about 22 percent of diabetics. Diabetes and periodontal disease have a unique relationship. Studies show that each disease has an effect on the other.

Patients diagnosed with diabetes become more susceptible to infections like gum disease. This has led to gum disease joining the list of complications from diabetes. Patients who do not have their diabetes under control through diet or medication will find themselves especially at risk to develop periodontal disease.

The first stage of gum disease, caused by a buildup of dental plaque due to poor brushing and flossing habits, is called gingivitis. The high level of sugar in the blood of diabetics increases the risk for plaque buildup and requires extra vigilant brushing and flossing to keep it at bay. Gingivitis causes the gums to become red and swollen, and may cause the gums to bleed when the patient brushes his teeth. Brushing and flossing, however, along with regular dental cleanings, will usually clear up gingivitis.

When not properly controlled through dental care, gingivitis can develop into periodontitis, a more serious stage of gum disease. This escalation happens when plaque builds up under the gums and hardens. The gums pull away from the teeth, allowing pockets of infection to form, which leads to bone loss in the jaw and, eventually, the loss of your teeth.

Unfortunately, periodontitis also increases the production of blood sugars. This puts diabetics, who already have elevated levels of blood sugar, at an even greater risk for other health problems. It may also lead to the development of diabetes in some patients who have not been diagnosed with the disease.

Preventing Oral Health Problems

If you have diabetes, Dr. Hada may recommend more frequent checkups and cleanings to keep your mouth free of problems, and may suggest an anti-microbial rinse to help prevent infections.

Diabetic patients who wear dentures will need to take them out and clean them every day. A change in your diet may also help, especially cutting out food and drinks with high sugar content.

Diabetic patients can help themselves by exercising and getting their blood sugar under control. Maintaining a regimen of good oral hygiene and attending regular checkups and cleanings, at an interval suggested by Dr. Hada will help patients keep their mouths clean and free of disease.

Call Us Today

To learn more about diabetes and gum disease, and how they can affect your health, call our Mission Viejo, CA, dental office today at (949) 951-1067 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Hada.

How to Deal with a Toothache

Richard Hada can help you manage your pain in Mission ViejoIt happens without warning. One minute you’re fast asleep, and the next thing you know, you’re sitting straight up, cradling the side of your head and praying for the throbbing pain to end. You have a toothache. What should you do now?

We recommend calling Hada Family Dental at the first sign of a toothache. We will get you in to see Dr. Richard Hada as soon as possible. The doctor realizes that a toothache can hit anyone at any time, and builds time into the daily schedule to accommodate patients with emergency dental problems.

If you experience a sudden toothache, or any other type of dental emergency, call our Mission Viejo, CA, dental office immediately at (949) 951-1067 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Hada.

What Causes Toothaches

Your toothache may result from one of several maladies. The good news is, Dr. Hada can treat most of them, providing much needed relief from the pain. Some possible toothache causes include:

  • Tooth Decay – Dr. Hada can remove the decayed portion of the tooth and fill the resulting cavity with a tooth-colored composite resin. This relieves the pain, while keeping your smile looking great.
  • Infected Pulp – When allowed to continue untreated, decay can progress to the soft pulp in the center of the tooth. Once this happens, the dentist can no longer save the tooth. Dr. Hada can remove the infected pulp, along with the nerve endings, relieving your pain. He then completes this procedure, called a root canal, by filling the tooth with a rubber-like material and covering it with a crown.
  • Gum Disease – Your pain may result from an infection of the gum tissue. Dr. Hada can perform a deep cleaning treatment, called scaling and root planning to remove plaque and prevent it from gathering around the roots of your teeth.
  • Bruxism – Many people experience toothaches caused by bruxism, or teeth grinding. While he may not have the ability to provide immediate relief, Dr. Hada can recommend stress-reducing exercises to reduce your grinding and create a custom-fit mouth guard for you to wear at night. This night guard will prevent your teeth from making contact, preventing grinding and easing tooth pain.

Handling a Toothache at Home

Sometimes a toothache occurs outside of our business hours. While we will try to get you in to see Dr. Hada as soon as possible when we open, you will probably try many options for relieving the pain until then. A few of the most recommended home remedies include:

  • Clove Oil – This oil has some numbing properties that may temporarily ease the pain from your toothache. Most people recommend putting a drop or two on a cotton ball and applying it to the tooth. Unfortunately, the numbing effect typically lasts just a few minutes, and if not applied properly, the oil can hurt your tongue, making your pain even worse.
  • Tea Bags – Many recommend applying wet tea bags, especially peppermint tea, to the aching tooth. While safer than clove oil, tea bags only relieve the pain while applied, and your misery will return mere minutes after removing them.
  • Salt Water Rinse – One of the most commonly recommended dental remedies, a salt water rinse helps to clean the area around the tooth and loosen any debris that may contribute to your pain. Swishing salt water around the area for about 30 seconds helps to clear out bacteria, but the pain relieving effects typically last only a short time.
  • Hydrogen Peroxide Rinse – While slightly more effective than the salt water rinse, hydrogen peroxide can cause other problems. Swishing a solution of equal parts 3% hydrogen peroxide and water helps clean the area and actually attacks bacteria. The solution can burn your tongue, however, if not mixed right, and swallowing it can lead to stomach problems.
  • Garlic – Some call this the most effective remedy for tooth pain. Garlic acts like an antibiotic, inhibiting bacteria in the area and providing temporary relief for some pain. You can mash up the garlic and add a little salt to apply to the tooth, or simply chew a clove or two. Unfortunately, the side effect of unpleasant breath may lead to you suffering by yourself.

Dr. Hada recommends using ice to numb your pain until we can fit you into the schedule. This provides only short term relief, like most other remedies, but it requires no special ingredients and you can use it safely.

Call Us Today

When you experience a toothache, call our Mission Viejo, CA, dental office right away at (949) 951-1067, so we can accommodate you in the schedule.

Keep track of where you feel the pain, when it started, and how often it hits you. These will all help the doctor diagnose the cause of your toothache and provide treatment to relieve the pain.

Migraines and Jaw Pain

Woman with a migraineDo you suffer from frequent migraine headaches? Does chronic jaw pain keep you from eating and speaking comfortably? Your pain may result from a condition called Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, or TMD.

Researchers estimate that approximately 25 percent of the population suffers from TMJ disorder, but only about five percent actually seek help for the condition. The disorder seems to affect women more than men, affecting over 10 million people.

Doctors originally considered TMJ disorder a dental condition, referring patients to their dentist for help, but recent research has suggested that several factors may play a part in causing the condition. TMD can affect the temporomandibular joint and its parts, but may also affect the group of muscles that help the jaw work.

Doctors have yet to pinpoint an exact cause for TMD, but know that several health conditions may factor into its development. Dr. Richard Hada can perform an examination and diagnosis for TMJ disorder, recommending a course of treatment to alleviate your painful symptoms.

To learn more about TMJ disorder, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hada, call our Mission Viejo, CA, dental office today at (949) 951-1067.

How TMD Can Affect You

The pain caused by TMD can range mild to severe, causing debilitating pain and keeping you from opening your mouth wide enough to eat or speak. Many TMD victims suffer from chronic migraine headaches that affect the quality of their life. They may spend days at a time in bed, suffering from intense pain.

In addition to the physical toll, the disorder can adversely affect other areas of life. Patients may miss work while trying to recover from migraine headaches, causing them to be passed over for promotions, or even leading to their termination.

The pain caused by TMJ disorder can affect relationships as well. Friends may stop calling a person who regularly cancels plans due to headaches. Patients may see family members become frustrated with their lack of participation in maintaining the home. Romantic relationships will suffer greatly when one partner is constantly in too much pain to go on dates or even give a simple kiss.

Factors That Cause TMD

In recent studies, researchers have found that a variety of factors may contribute to TMD. Once thought of as a purely dental condition, the majority of the blame for the disorder has traditionally fallen on malocclusion, a misalignment of the teeth. While this still factors into most cases, doctors have determined that other factors may play a large part as well.

The TMJ may suffer from the effects of arthritis. Patients suffering from osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, which affect the joints, may feel pain in the temporomandibular joint as well. Trauma or injury to the jawbone may affect the joint as well, contributing to the patient’s pain.

The muscles around the joint can play a part in the patient’s suffering as well. Overuse of the muscles in the jaw caused by bruxism, chronic grinding or clenching of the teeth, can lead to TMD. Muscle dysfunctions, such as myofascial trigger points may share some of the blame as well.

These trigger points are irritable areas of very tight muscle bands that may feel like a bump. They can result from surgery, bad posture, chronic stress, and disease. Trigger points, already painful on their own, can cause nerves to become trapped, causing even more pain for the patient.

Other conditions which may factor into the development of TMD include gout, infections, bone disease, and in rare occasions, tumors.

Researching TMD

Researchers continue to study TMJ disorder to try and determine exact causes of the disease and develop effective treatments for those who suffer from the pain the condition causes. Doctors regularly perform studies to understand the similarities between facial pain and the pain patients experience due to headaches and muscle pain, to determine if a link exists between them.

They conduct studies to understand the differences in how men and women feel and respond to pain, and continue to try to determine the factors that result in the chronic pain of the temporomandibular joint and its surrounding muscles.

Studies continue into the treatment of TMD as well. Doctors perform studies to discover how they can make the pain caused by TMD decrease with simple lifestyle changes. They study the effects of stress-inducing conditions, such as noise and temperature changes.

Research continues to determine what medications, or combinations of medications and other conservative treatments provide relief to patients suffering from TMD pain.

Advanced research has even begun to try and create human tissue in a laboratory that doctors can use to replace damaged tissue and cartilage in the temporomandibular joint. Doctors have also begun developing other lifelike materials that they can use to repair or replace the muscles and discs in the joint, and can even replace the entire joint, if necessary.

Call Us Today

Don’t let chronic jaw pain or migraine headaches ruin your quality of life. Make the call today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hada, so he can determine if you suffer from TMD and recommend the most conservative treatment possible to alleviate your pain. Call our Mission Viejo, CA, dental office at (949) 951-1067 today.

Dental Care for Special-needs Patients

Patients who require special accommodations are welcome at Hada Family Dental. We excel in treating physically and mentally handicapped patients, as well as elderly patients suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. We also offer a range of sedation options, including general sedation and nitrous oxide, for dental phobics and our patients who are especially nervous in the exam chair.

Family Dentistry

Hada Family Dental offers comprehensive dental care to patients of all ages. In fact, Dr. Hada has been privileged to treat multiple generations that have been patients of his practice for years. We have experience treating even very young patients, and know how to make them feel comfortable and at ease in the dentist’s chair. Dr. Hada is available to provide emergency care, and offers convenient evening appointments to accommodate your family’s busy schedule.

Family Dentistry Benefits Patients of Any Age

184845650 Dr. Richard K. Hada is a family dentist who prides himself on caring for multiple generations, from young children to seniors. Family dentistry, as practiced by Dr. Hada in Mission Viejo, CA, offers many benefits for all age groups. Many of our patients with children enjoy the convenience of scheduling all of their appointments together. Dr. Hada also excels in treating elderly patients and those with disabilities, and we offer flexible evening appointments to accommodate your family’s busy schedule. If you are interested in taking advantage of our comprehensive family dentistry services, please contact Hada Family Dental today.

Meeting Your Family’s Dental Needs

Our dental practice focuses on preventive care with an emphasis on customer service. We provide comprehensive family treatments, including:

  • Regular cleanings and exams
  • Fluoride treatments and sealants
  • Periodontal care, including deep cleaning
  • Screening for oral cancer and gum disease
  • Traditional orthodontics and Invisalign®
  • Root canal therapy
  • Dental implants
  • Dental crowns and dental bridges
  • Inlays and onlays
  • Dentures
  • Tooth-colored fillings

In addition to a focus on oral health, we provide a full range of cosmetic dentistry procedures to enhance our patients’ smiles.

Building Lifelong Relationships

Unlike many general dentists, a family dentist has experience caring for patients at every stage of life. They have the special knowledge to treat permanent teeth as well as baby teeth, and are aware of the common dental problems of older adults.

Younger Patients

For children, Dr. Hada focuses on prevention while helping kids develop a positive association with the dentist that can lead to a lifetime of healthy smiles. He ensures that plaque buildup is kept to a minimum, and that any cavities are detected and addressed. As children grow, he monitors the development of their permanent teeth and their alignment.

Older Patients

As seniors, patients are at a heightened risk for problems such as dry mouth, gum disease, tooth loss, and bone recession. Certain medical conditions like arthritis may also cause difficulties for proper at-home care. Dr. Hada can monitor health conditions, including medications that influence oral health, and recommend changes in professional or home care to help prevent dental problems. Our practice also excels in treating physically and mentally disabled patients, as well as older patients with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. When appropriate, we can provide sedation dentistry to ensure a comfortable experience.

Benefits of Family Dentistry

Our patients can receive convenient, streamlined care by choosing a practice that focuses on family dentistry. Benefits include:

  • Ability to bring family members in together for easier scheduling
  • Dentist can track and monitor dental issues that tend to run in families
  • One location for pediatric dentistry, restorative dentistry, and cosmetic dentistry
  • Convenience of having one office for insurance and billing
  • Children will not have to find a new practitioner when they become adults

Schedule an Appointment Today

One of the best reasons to see a talented, caring family dentist like Dr. Hada is that your family can develop a personal, long-lasting relationship with our staff. We foster a warm and welcoming atmosphere, while providing the best dental care possible. Please contact us today to schedule an appointment for yourself or a family member.

Preventive Care

Ongoing preventive dental care can help you avoid future oral health problems, including tooth loss and gum disease. Dr. Hada provides the foundation for a lifetime of good oral hygiene habits by instructing his younger patients in proper brushing and flossing techniques, and provides fluoride treatments and sealants to help children avoid cavities. To protect your general health, our adult dental exams always include an oral cancer screening and testing for periodontal disease.

Preventive Dentistry for Optimized Oral Health

Preventive dentistry services from our Mission Viejo, CA, dental office can help patients avoid future dental complications by maintaining optimal oral health conditions and identifying any potential problems in their earliest stages. Many patients will postpone their dental visits or even wait until they are in pain or discomfort to make an appointment. By staying current with your regular cleanings and checkups, we can treat cavities or gingivitis and prevent the development of severe problems. Dr. Richard K. Hada typically recommends checkups and cleanings every six months for patients of all ages.

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What is Preventive Dentistry?

The primary goal of preventive care is to protect your overall oral health, including your teeth, soft tissues, and functioning of the jaw. Preventive dentistry can include regular cleanings and checkups, periodontal maintenance, sealants and fluoride treatments, as well as proper oral hygiene care at home.

Brushing and flossing daily, combined with eating a healthy diet and avoiding tobacco products, are all preventive measures that you can take to ensure your oral health The American Dental Association advises patients to attend a dental checkup and cleaning twice per year.

Preventive dentistry can save you time and reduce your total dental and overall healthcare costs.

An adult with higher risk factors, such as a smoker, diabetic, heart patient, or someone with a family history of gum disease, may require more frequent visits. Patients who have been diagnosed with gingivitis may need professional cleanings three to four times per year, to prevent the recurrence of gum disease.

Benefits of Preventive Dentistry

Preventive dentistry can save you time and reduce your total dental and overall healthcare costs. In addition to maintaining your regular appointments, practicing proper brushing and flossing habits at home will help you avoid the need for restorative work. such as fillings, crowns, and bridgework.

Regular checkups can also lead to the early diagnosis of oral cancer. As with other forms of the disease, early detection and treatment of oral and pharyngeal cancers are paramount to positive outcomes. Additionally, during your checkups, Dr. Hada can address issues such as TMJ disorder, halitosis, sleep apnea, and snoring.

Recommended for All Ages

Preventive dentistry services can be beneficial for children and adults of all ages. Children as young as three years old can learn to properly brush and floss their teeth, with a parent’s supervision and guidance. As a parent, brushing your child’s teeth regularly during their baby and toddler years, as well as leading by example and caring for your own teeth, can help your child form good oral hygiene habits that can last a lifetime. If you have braces, dentures, implants, or have been diagnosed with gum disease or some other dental problem, you should consult with Dr. Hada for instruction on proper home care and to determine whether you may need more frequent checkups and/or dental cleanings.

Overdue for a Dental Checkup?

Hada Family Dental offers a full range of cosmetic, restorative, and general dentistry services. We commonly schedule family members’ appointments consecutively to accommodate our patients’ bust schedules. Please contact our practice to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hada.

Sleep Apnea Treatment

Sleep apnea is a condition that causes breathing obstruction at night, leading to chronic snoring and gasping for air. Sleep apnea interferes with restful sleep, affects those sleeping near you, and when left untreated, can lead to dangerous health conditions, such as an increased risk of heart attack. Some cases of sleep apnea can be treated with a custom-made dental appliance, which maintains an open, unobstructed airway in the throat to promote better breathing.

Improve Your Sleep and Health with Sleep Apnea Treatment

A potentially serious condition, sleep apnea is characterized by breathing that repeatedly starts and stops during sleep. Symptoms often include loud snoring, difficulty staying asleep, and sleep that is not restful. When left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to dangerous health conditions, and other complications. If you are in need of sleep apnea treatment in the Mission Viejo, CA-area, Dr. Richard K. Hada can talk to you about a custom-made dental appliance. This treatment works by maintaining an open, unobstructed airway in the throat to promote better breathing. To learn if treatment with a dental appliance might be right for you, schedule an appointment today.

What is Sleep Apnea?

There are two types of sleep apnea. The most common type, obstructive sleep apnea, is the only kind that can be treated with a dental appliance. Obstructive sleep apnea results from the muscles in the back of the throat relaxing as you sleep. When this happens, it narrows or closes your airway when you breathe. The level of oxygen in your blood consequently drops, and your brain is alerted to replenish your oxygen, which briefly wakes you up. The waking is usually too brief for you to notice or remember.

Oral appliances are a conservative, patient-friendly treatment that can provide successful relief from sleep apnea. These customized appliances bring your jaw forward to keep the airway open.

The other type of sleep apnea, central sleep apnea, is much less common. It is often caused by certain medical conditions and medications. Central sleep apnea occurs when your brain fails to signal your breathing muscles to work. It produces similar symptoms to obstructive sleep apnea, including snoring, difficulty sleeping, fatigue, and waking up with a dry mouth, sore throat, or headache.

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Risk Factors and Complications

Anyone can experience obstructive sleep apnea. There are, however, several known factors that increase your risk. These include a family history of sleep apnea, carrying excess weight, and having a thick neck or a narrowed airway. Smoking, nasal congestion, and the use of alcohol or sedatives can also increase your risk.

Males are twice as likely to suffer from the condition, and it is more common in adults over the age of 60. In small children, enlarged tonsils can also be a risk factor. If obstructive sleep apnea is not treated, it can have serious complications, including:

  • Increased risk of heart attack, stroke, and high blood pressure
  • Increased risk of obesity and diabetes
  • Sleepiness in the daytime, which can result in work-related or driving accidents

Additionally, obstructive sleep apnea can cause mood swings, problems with memory, headaches, dry mouth, and depression. Restless sleep and loud snoring can also disturb those who sleep near you, and disrupt your relationships.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Obstructive sleep apnea can be diagnosed by your primary care physician or sleep specialist. An overnight sleep study or a home sleep test might be involved to help diagnosis the condition. The primary treatment methods for obstructive sleep apnea are CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) therapy and oral appliances. Surgery is typically reserved as a last resort, if other more conservative treatments fail.

Though CPAP is usually effective, some patients find it uncomfortable or difficult to use. Oral appliances are a conservative, patient-friendly treatment that can provide successful relief from sleep apnea. These customized appliances bring your jaw forward to keep the airway open.

Schedule Your Consultation

Obstructive sleep apnea can have a negative impact on your day to day activities, as well as your quality of life. To find out if a custom oral appliance could ease your sleep apnea symptoms and improve your health, contact Hada Family Dental today for a consultation.

TMJ Disorder Treatment

Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder is a common condition that can cause symptoms like chronic pain and headaches. Dr. Hada offers treatment for TMJ disorder to help ease patients’ discomfort and improve their quality of life. Dr. Hada provides customized occlusal splints that reposition the jaw and improve a misaligned bite, and also offers mouthguards to prevent the nighttime tooth clenching and grinding that accompanies the condition.

Diagnosing and Treating TMJ Disorder

Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder is a common condition that affects many individuals. However, symptoms of the disorder can be dramatically improved with simple general dentistry techniques. For many patients, pain in the jaw joints and surrounding tissues is not serious. It is often temporary and goes away on its own, with little to no treatment. Some people develop severe and lasting jaw pain that requires professional intervention and TMJ disorder treatment. At Hada Family Dental in Mission Viejo, CA, Dr. Richard K. Hada, DMD can diagnose TMJ and provide effective treatment to reduce or alleviate your pain.

What is TMJ Disorder?

TMJ disorder is an abnormal functioning of one or both joints that connect the base of the skull to the lower jaw. Symptoms of TMJ disorder can vary from person to person, but may include pain in the face, jaw, neck, head, or shoulders; jaw muscle stiffness; limited movement or locking of the jaw joints; painful clicking, popping, or grinding of the jaw joint when opening or closing the mouth; persistent headaches or earaches; or changes in the way the upper and lower teeth fit together, called malocclusion. Some TMJ disorder cases are caused by trauma to the jaw joint or muscles, but in many situations, the cause is unknown.

Diagnosis and Treatment of TMJ Disorder

Although common, TMJ disorder is not easily diagnosed because of the wide variety of symptoms that can present. As a result, the condition is often left untreated. Before consulting with Dr. Hada, you may want to speak with your primary care physician to eliminate the possibility that your pain is being caused by another condition, such as a sinus problems, ear infections, or migraines.

A night guard prevents unconscious clenching and grinding of your teeth, which can lead to worn down teeth and exacerbate your TMJ symptoms.

iStock_000031435958 When you visit Dr. Hada, he will discuss your medical and dental history, as well as the symptoms that you are experiencing. He will then conduct a thorough oral, head, and jaw examination which may include imaging studies. After confirming the diagnosis of TMJ disorder, Dr. Hada may recommend a night splint or bite guard. A night splint is a custom-designed plastic mouth tray that fits over your teeth to stabilize your jaw at night. The device prevents unconscious clenching and grinding of your teeth, which can lead to worn down teeth and exacerbate your TMJ symptoms. A night guard also holds the jaw in a resting position, so tired muscles can relax and rest. To address malocclusion that contributes to TMJ pain, Dr. Hada may recommend modifying your bite with orthodontics or restorative dentistry treatments.

Contact Us to Relieve Your TMJ Pain

You do not have to live with chronic jaw pain caused by TMJ disorder. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Hada today, where he can conduct a thorough examination of your bite and make an appropriate diagnosis. After this consultation, he will recommend the best form of treatment to help alleviate your painful symptoms.

Periodontal Care

Even patients with good oral hygiene habits can develop gingivitis, a common disease that causes inflammation and bleeding of the gums. Regular periodontal care can prevent gum recession, tooth loss, and jaw bone destruction, which can result if gum disease is left untreated. Dr. Hada and our staff provide patients with routine periodontal exams and offer deep cleanings to remove deep-seated plaque and keep harmful bacteria in check.

Periodontal Care for Healthy Gums

Proper periodontal care is crucial to achieving and maintaining good oral health, and in preventing future complications. In addition to practicing proper oral care at home, patients should visit our office for regular cleanings and checkups, so we can identify periodontal problems at their earliest stages, when conservative treatment is most effective. We offer a full scope of periodontal care at our Mission Viejo, CA, dental office. Dr. Richard K. Hada and our skilled team of hygienists are well-equipped to diagnose and treat gum disease, and to help patients maintain periodontal health.

What is Periodontal Care?

Periodontal care is the maintenance of your gums and supporting structures of your teeth. There are many ways you can effectively care for your gums, including:

  • Floss at least once a day to remove food particles and plaque from between your teeth and at the gum line, where your toothbrush cannot reach.
  • Brush your gums and tongue in the same circular motion that you use to brush your teeth, to remove additional food debris and plaque.
  • See your dentist regularly every six months for a cleaning and checkup. Regular appointments give Dr. Hada the opportunity to identify and treat gum disease before it proliferates throughout the mouth.

Dr. Hada also recommends that patients invest in an inexpensive tongue scraper to remove any built up debris. You can also use an antibacterial mouthwash to reduce the amount of plaque buildup in your mouth.

How Gum Disease Starts

Periodontal care is recommended for children and adults of all ages to prevent the development of gum disease. When your teeth and gums are not properly cleaned, bacterial plaque can accumulate. Within 48 hours, plaque calcifies into tartar, an insoluble substance that can only be removed by a dentist or hygienist. Tartar, plaque, and bacteria irritate gum tissue and infect the gum line, breaking down the connective tissues. Pockets can form between the teeth and gums, and patients may notice redness, tenderness, swelling, or bleeding when brushing.

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If it is not caught early on through a regular dental checkup, simple gingivitis could advance to periodontitis and result in the loss of teeth, as well as death of bone and gum tissue. While regular brushing and flossing are necessary for preventing gum disease, regular checkups and cleanings are just as important.

Cleanings and Gum Disease Therapy

During regular cleanings, Dr. Hada and our skilled team of hygienists remove plaque and stubborn tartar deposits that can be missed during daily brushing and flossing. If gum disease develops, the first stage is called gingivitis. At this point, periodontal pockets are 0.3mm or deeper. Our hygienist can perform scaling to remove tartar from below the gum line, and root planing to smooth rough ridges on teeth roots, where plaque and tartar accumulates.

See your dentist regularly every six months for a cleaning and checkup. Regular appointments give Dr. Hada the opportunity to identify and treat gum disease before it proliferates throughout the mouth.

In some cases, more than one visit is necessary to complete a deep cleaning. The hygienist may also administer topical antibiotics to the roots of the teeth. You will be provided with information about gum disease, how to reduce the risk for recurrence, and what steps you can take at home to maintain healthy gums.

Contact Us Today

Gum disease affects over half of the population and is the primary reason for adult tooth loss in the United States. It also increases a person’s risk for heart disease, respiratory problems, cognitive disorders, and diabetes complications. If you notice any abnormality in your gum tissue or have not had a dental cleaning in over six months, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Hada and one of our hygienists today.