Side effects of dentistry can sock you in the jaw
It might be a surprise to some people to discover that some types of dental treatment can actually cause problems with the way a person bites.
This is often an outcome of particular dental procedures such as crown positioning, dental implants, the size of the fillings or tooth abstractions.
You may find that the ability to satisfactorily chew will only take place on one side of the mouth and your teeth might feel they are not well aligned and may even put stress on your all important jaw joint.
The potential effect of dental treatments on your temporomandibular joint
If the dental treatment has caused difficulties in the mouth performing the normal functions of chewing, eating, yawning and speaking your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) may be put under undue stress which could if left untreated lead to pain in the facial muscles, the TMJ and any interconnecting muscles.
The symptoms of unbalanced dental treatment might include any one or more of the following:
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- Tenderness in the teeth
- Aching in the jaw
- Persistent migraines or headaches
- Ringing ears
- Ear pain
- Difficulty getting the teeth to close correctly
- Dizzy spells
- Popping, grating or clicking sounds while the jaw is moving.
Note that problems with the temporomandibular joint can be caused by a number of different factors and sometimes these interact, so it may be a case of a dental procedure that unfortunately coincided with another issue that resulted in the disorder.
How can these TMJ problems be alleviated?
You can help to solve any TMJ pain caused by past dental procedures by paying a visit to a dentist with expertise in neuromuscular techniques. After evaluating your past medical and dental history, he or she will determine the best treatment option.
Diagnostic tests conducted on your TMJ will help to determine if the joint is misaligned. Dentists have the most modern diagnostic devices at hand to ensure the correct diagnosis.
If previous dental treatment is found to be the cause corrections may be necessary to ensure that your teeth and bite are aligned correctly. If braces are causing too much discomfort an evaluation of them may be required as well.
Your dentist should soon be able to resolve your discomfort and ensure you make the most of your jaw without the stress of pain.
No need to suffer in silence
TMJ problems caused by previous dental procedures are rare, but when they happen, there is no point in suffering in silence. Whatever the effects on the jaw, they can be alleviated.
All it takes is to make an appointment with a dentist with neuromuscular experience and get your joint seen to professionally.
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