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
Bite occlusion dentistry uses advanced technology to correct problems associated with the way your teeth bite together. When teeth do not function properly due to misalignment of how they bite together (occlusion) it can lead to problems such as TMJ disorders, headaches, shoulder pain or abnormally worn teeth. Teeth with poor occlusion may also drift out of place over time, or have receded gums that creep down lower over time, exposing the root of the tooth.
Adjusting the way your teeth bite together to be more functional can help reverse these conditions. It may involve one or a combination of different treatments in order to restore your teeth to their normal, healthy biting function. Not only will physical symptoms be alleviated, bite occlusion dentistry can also improve your facial features and the way you smile.
Dental implants, crowns, partials, orthodontics and fillings are all examples of treatments that can or may be used to restore a proper occlusion of your teeth. Your dentist will use an articulation tool to see which teeth bite heaviest in certain areas and know where more adjustment may be needed to alleviate the strain and pressure placed on focal points in your mouth. Preventing premature wear of your teeth not only makes your teeth more aesthetically pleasing over time, but it also saves your teeth and extends their life. Guiding them from an abnormal biting condition takes specialized care.
It’s never too late to discuss restoring your mouth with bite occlusion dentistry. If you suffer from gum recession, sore neck or jaws, shoulder pain, migraines or TMJ disorders then you may want to consider asking your dentist about bite occlusion dentistry.
Posted on the behalf of North Point Periodontics
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