Is Your TMJ out of Alignment?
If your teeth aren’t coming together like they used to, it could have something to do with your TMJ or temporomandibular joints. TMJD stands for temporomandibular joint disorder which is often referred to as TMD, or TMJ.
Your temporomandibular joint is what hinges your lower jaw into your upper jaw. With that being said, it may have been okay in the past, but many things could happen that may put it out of alignment.
Teeth and the TMJ
Although most people wouldn’t consider the TMJ when it comes to teeth problems it does happen.
According to bioesthetic dentist Dr. Mike Morris, temporomandibular joint disorder can happen because of a bad bite, but that’s not all.
In addition to a bite that is out of alignment, TMJD is also caused by trauma, arthritis and even sleep disordered breathing known as sleep apnea, new dental work that was not done well, a respiratory disease such as sinus infection, COVID, etc.
As previously mentioned trauma could be to blame, but so could teeth grinding, known as bruxism.
TMJ dysfunction is the most common in women between the age of 20 and 60, but it can happen to anyone.
Some symptoms include:
- Jaw Popping/Clicking
- Vertigo (Dizziness)
- Back Pain
- Shoulder and Neck Pain
- Problems Opening Mouth
- Lock Jaw
- Facial pain/muscles feeling tired
- Problems Chewing
- Facial Swelling
- Tooth Pain
- Problems with Teeth Coming Together
- Ringing of the ears (Tinnitus)
If you follow the Chittenden Dental Blog you will know that bioesthetic dentistry is the answer to your temporomandibular joint disorder. It is the answer because it helps to guide your joints back into alignment.
Your bioesthetic dentist in Burlington has several options when it comes to treating your TMJD which could include MAGO (dental orthotic) therapy, orthodontics and restorative dentistry. All of these therapies will help your jaw to settle back into the correct position so that you can enjoy life and eating again pain free!
Get Your TMJD in Order
Your TMJ and your bite are important at all times, but even more so if you are considering any type of cosmetic dentistry. If you follow Dr. Morris you will remember that a bad bite won’t do your restorations any favors and the work won’t last.
If your teeth aren’t coming together like they used to or if you suffer from TMJD, schedule an appointment. Dr. Morris so he can help you to achieve a healthy smile that lasts!