If you are having problems with your teeth lining up when you bite, or if you are experiencing headaches, jaw pain, or aching shoulders, your jaw may be out of alignment.
Your jaw, teeth and facial muscles work together to ensure a proper bite. If any of these do not work in unison the muscles in your jaw and face become overworked and strained. Long term effects of this may lead to TMJ, Temporomandibular Joint Disorder.
TMJ symptoms include neck and shoulder pain, jaw popping, headaches, dizziness, ringing in the ears, and grinding of the teeth. All of these symptoms may occur if your jaw is misaligned. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms a Racine dentist could be the solution you need.
Your dentist can diagnose the problem based on your symptoms and some diagnostic testing such as x-rays of jaw structure, jaw measurements, and jaw modeling. Once the diagnosis is made the correct treatment can be determined.
How did your jaw get this way?
An misaligned bite can be caused by several things including; a blow to the head from an accident or sporting event, genetics or developmental factors such as allergies as a child, missing or broken teeth, or long term teeth grinding.
Depending on the severity of your condition, your treatment could involve: Easing your discomfort with pain relievers, quieting your muscle spasms by using a TENS machine, a machine that gently massages and relaxes the muscles of your jaw, stabilizing your bite with the help of a plastic dental orthotic worn over your teeth, restoring missing teeth, repairing cracked or broken teeth, or restoring your bite with orthodontics.
Is your bite balanced? Find out
If you are experiencing painful TMJ, don’t waste another minute. Take my on-line TMJ questionnaire. The first step in resolving TMJ disorders is to get an accurate diagnosis. You don’t need to suffer with the pain and discomfort of a misaligned jaw. With the correct treatment, brighter days are ahead.