When your bite just isn’t right
Have you been noticing a variety of strange symptoms recently? Things like pains that come and go in your face or jaw, especially. Maybe you find that you have been clenching or grinding your teeth a lot and experience considerable discomfort when you talk or eat any type of food.
These sorts of symptoms are often hard to diagnose but may be caused by a disorder related to the joint that links your upper and lower jaws. Stress on this joint from what is known as a bad bite or malocclusion can be one cause of this disorder.
How a bad bite can disturb other parts of your body
The joint that allows your jaws to move – the temporomandibular joint, or TMJ – can be disrupted when you have what is known as malocclusion or more colloquially “bad bite”.
This occurs when the biting surfaces of the upper and lower sets of teeth on opposing jaws do not fit together properly. This can itself be caused by a variety of factors.
Bad bite can be inherited or can be a result of an accident or other environmental reasons. Sometimes, certain habits like grinding or clenching the teeth together, which can happen through stress, can cause a similar effect on the TMJ.
Symptoms of bad bite include:
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- Unnecessary clenching and grinding of your teeth
- Considerable pain or difficulty moving your jaw
- A painfully stiff jaw particularly in the morning
- Stiff neck or shoulders or a headache
TMJ disorders can be painful and may be hard to diagnose. Fortunately, if you are experiencing a number of TMJ related symptoms and your doctor cannot determine a medical complaint then a dentist may be able to help with the pain, especially if it is caused by bad bite.
The dentist to the rescue
There are a number of techniques which the dentist can use to correct bad bite, even if it is something that you have inherited. Your dentist may use a device that helps to manipulate the way in which your teeth align themselves and may suggest movement or removal of some of the teeth as well.
Modern dental techniques may help to reverse a TMJ disorder in the long term and you should find that any unusual symptoms that are related to the disorder and bad bite eventually disappear or lessen significantly.
Time to sort out bad bite and a TMJ problem
The symptoms of a TMJ disorder can significantly affect one’s life and lead to a deterioration in personal esteem if allowed to continue. It may be time to arrange an initial consultation with your dentist if all else has failed to establish the cause of any pains that you have been experiencing.
Tackling your bad bite should help solve your jaw problems and allow you to regain a normal life.
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