Did you know that the way your teeth bite together could be causing your TMJ disorder? If you’re already sensitive to chewing gum, harder foods, or opening your mouth for a dental exam, then it’s time to find out whether or not the problem is being caused by the way your teeth bite together.
Occlusion is the way your teeth fit together when they bite. If your teeth are crooked or the jaws are misaligned, your TMJ could be compromising its normal function every time you bite or chew your food in order to help you chew more efficiently. As a result, the jaw muscles become strained and symptoms of TMJ disorder begin to develop. Examples include popping, locking of the joint, soreness, headaches, and earaches.
A simple dental exam is all that is needed to check the occlusion of your teeth. If your dentist finds that the teeth bite together improperly, he or she can discuss what options are available to help you correct that problem. One of the most comprehensive methods is by orthodontically correcting the teeth so that they fit together properly. Traditional or clear orthodontic treatments can gradually move the teeth into the correct alignment, thereby reducing the strain that is placed on your jaw over time. Depending on the severity of your orthodontic needs and the type of treatment that you choose, some therapies can be completed as quickly as 6 months.
If other factors are causing your TMJD symptoms, your dentist can discuss non-invasive therapies to help relieve discomfort. Patients with clenching or grinding habits typically see results in the first day or two after wearing a bite splint. To find out what is causing your jaw disorder, see your dentist!
Posted on behalf of:
Mitzi Morris, DMD, PC
1295 Hembree Rd B202
Roswell, GA 30076
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