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Dec
18

Treat Jaw Pain with Braces

Posted in Orthodontics

How is that even possible? Especially when braces come with the reputation for being painful in themselves. Despite the apparent contradiction, orthodontic treatment could be your key to relief from TMJ pain.

What’s Causing Your TMJ Problem?

Your TMJ (temporomandibular joint) is a very complex structure. It’s a combination glide and hinge joint made up of muscles, ligaments, cartilage, and fluid. When something goes wrong, it can be very tricky to determine exactly what it is.

TMJ issues have been linked to things such as:

  • Arthritis
  • A tooth-grinding habit
  • Stress
  • Excessive gum chewing
  • Misaligned teeth

That last factor is what we’re particularly interested in, right now.

How Tooth Alignment Affects Your Jaw

It’s quite possible that because your bite is off just a little bit, your jaw is being unevenly strained.

Teeth that stick out from the rest can get in the way of your mouth closing together evenly. Encouraging those teeth back into proper position will take a good deal of stress off your jaw.

Effective TMJ Treatment

Because of how tricky it is to diagnose TMJ problems, it’s also difficult to prescribe the one single type of treatment. When you consider the possible contributing factors, you might find that it could be a combination of things.

For example, it’s very common to combine orthodontic treatment with a special mouth guar  or massage therapy to bring teeth back in line and take some tension off your jaw.

Suffering from jaw pain? Even a little discomfort can have a big effect on your life.

Call your dentist to schedule a TMJ evaluation and find out whether orthodontic treatment could help you out.

Posted on behalf of:
Walton Orthodontics
2609 Peachtree Pkwy #C
Suwanee, GA 30024
(770) 663-0955

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