1314 S. King Street Suite 418
Honolulu, HI 96814

Jaw/TMJ
 

Online Dental Education Library

Our team of dental specialists and staff strive to improve the overall health of our patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions associated with your teeth and gums. Please use our dental library to learn more about dental problems and treatments available. If you have questions or need to schedule an appointment, contact us.

Oral Hygiene/Health 2020 emphasis is on keeping our mouths more basic (higher ph), good salivary flow and encouraging a shift in oral flora (bacteria) to the "good guys" (non disease causing bacteria). At your next telephone follow-up appointment, Dr. Chin will review your oral home care program. Updated suggestions may include regular use of remineralization pastes; diet- arginine rich foods (see videos below), xylitol (amount and timing important), basic chews; tooth varnishes, non alcohol mouthrinses, mouth sprays, mouth gels. Healthy mouths help us have healthy bodies!

 

Emphasis on oral health and relationship to whole body health is a of primary importance to Dr. Chin and team and include a lifestlye and habits as below:

  • EXCELLENT oral health
  • REGULAR oral home care program
  • BALANCED diet
  • REGULAR SLEEPing habits (at least 7-9 hours nightly), have routine, put technology 'to bed", have dinner as early as able.
  • STRESS MANAGEMENT - breathing, meditation
  • ENJOY life with loved ones- keep connected, savour meals together.
  • FOREVER STUDENT- learn something new everyday!
  • Regular EXERCISE
  • SPIRITUAL WELL BEING- gratitude journal, prayer.

 

People who grind their teeth can sometimes develop a serious problem with their jaw, which left untreated, can adversely affect the teeth, gums and bone structures of the mouth.

One of the most common jaw disorders is related to a problem with the temporomandibular joint, the joint that connects your lower jaw to your skull, and allows your upper and lower jaw to open and close and facilitates chewing and speaking.

People with temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD) often have a clicking or popping sound when opening and closing their mouths. Such disorders are often accompanied by frequent headaches, neck aches, and in some cases, tooth sensitivity.

Some treatments for TMD include muscle relaxants, aspirin, biofeedback, or wearing a small plastic appliance in the mouth during sleep.

Minor cases of TMD involve discomfort or pain in the jaw muscles. More serious conditions involve improperly aligned joints or dislocated jaws. The most extreme form of TMD involves an arthritic condition of the jaw joint. Traumatic injuries also can cause jaw dislocation.

In these cases, jaw surgery may be required to correct the condition. Some jaw surgery can be performed arthroscopically.


Contact Us

Angela M.A. Chin, DMD, FAGD
1314 S. King Street Suite 418
Honolulu, HI 96814
Phone: (808) 488-8577
Fax: (808) 488-8578