Have you discovered your teeth don’t look or feel right?
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint situated on either side of your mouth which is responsible for such actions as biting, chewing and yawning.
The smooth action of this hinge joint also ensures that the alignment of the teeth and bite is perfect when opening and closing the mouth.
If the TMJ is not aligned correctly, teeth can become damaged, as their biting action is affected by the lack of ability of them to be able to close together effectively. This means disproportionate force has to be endured by the teeth.
How can a bad bite or misalignment in the TMJ affect the teeth?
Teeth have to be strong to ensure that every day biting and eating activities can take place. Unfortunately, circumstances arise that can cause teeth to crack, chip and even break completely and these are:
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- An injury to the mouth;
- Biting on something particularly hard;
- The presence of large fillings and cavities that weaken teeth;
- The presence of a bad bite.
Those people who have a bad bite normally experience teeth breaking more often than those people who have a well aligned bite. This is due to a bad bite placing pressure on the rear teeth. This happens more frequently during the night when clenching and grinding take place and throughout the day when food is chewed. This additional pressure causes the teeth to weaken resulting in the occurrence of chipped, cracked or crooked teeth.
A bad bite can also cause the more rapid wearing down and thinning of the front teeth. Trying to compensate for the bad bite often results in a TMJ disorder and all its symptoms which could include pain in the shoulder, neck, behind the eye, in the facial region and ringing in the ears. More serious symptoms could be vision and hearing loss.
Who can solve your bad bite?
The dentist will make a thorough analysis of your bite and whether it is misaligned as well as the more routine survey of cracked, broken or missing teeth. The dentist may also use a test of your autonomic nervous system which can help to determine the strength of your bite and whether this needs some improvement.
Your dentist may then use a relaxation technique using a specialized machine which emits low frequency electrical stimuli. Once the muscles that control the TMJ are relaxed, the dentist may then construct an orthotic device which fits inside your mouth and helps to gently reposition your jaw.
Of course, any broken, chipped, cracked or missing teeth will also need attention by more conventional dentistry but this will have to await the successful solving of your TMJ problem.
Don’t live with cracked or damaged teeth!
You don’t have to live with a bad bite forever as there are dental solutions available to correct this problem.
Not only can teeth be repositioned and strengthened but neuromuscular dentistry plays a role too by determining the jaw position and repositioning it so that both the bite and the TMJ act cooperatively.
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