Modern dentistry expands its reach beyond your teeth, to your total health. Advances in the science of complete dentistry have taught us how to balance the bite in a natural position to help stop tooth wear and alleviate years of discomfort.
Occlusal dentistry balances the bite and relaxes the jaw for an optimal physiological position. Over 100 years of research and clinical experience have shown this to be effective in treating patients with tooth wear and head and neck pain.
Who is Affected?
Almost everyone has some degree of tooth wear. Once the outer protective layer of enamel is worn away on the chewing surface of teeth, the inner layer wears away much faster because it is softer. This results in teeth that are shorter, uneven, discolored, chipped, and results in a bite that is no longer balanced. This may even change the way your face looks and increase wrinkles and facial lines.
What is TMJ Disorder?
TMJ Disorder or Temporomandibular Joint Disorder is pain in the area of the lower jaw where the head and jaw connect. The pain experienced may be a result of muscles in the area, problems with the joint or pain in the face around that area. TMJ Disorder can cause severe pain, soreness and problems with speech.
Some of the causes for pain and soreness in the area are:
- Misaligned teeth
- Tension from grinding or clenching
Although some of the pain in the TMJ area subsides over time, sometimes the pain will remain. Some steps can be taken to help relieve discomfort:
- Use ice packs and mild heat packs
- Eat soft foods
- Relaxation of the jaws – avoid extreme movements or jaw clenching
- Pain medication
If mild treatments do not work, other options such as surgery or referral to a physician may be explored. Consult with your dentist if you are experiencing discomfort in the TMJ area.