Bruxism & Jaw Problems
IF YOU HAVE PAIN IN YOUR JAW OR FACE COME IN AND SEE US
The way your teeth meet when your top and bottom jaws close down on top of each other is known as your ‘bite’. If your teeth don’t fit together properly, you could have malocclusion or a ‘bad bite’, which can cause problems with your teeth, gums, the temporo-mandibular joint (TMJ) and the muscles in your face.
If you have problems with this joint (known as temporomandibular disorder) it can cause a number of different symptoms. Teeth grinding and clenching of the jaw (known as bruxism) can contribute to TMJ disorder.
How do we treat TMJ disorder?
- Misalignment of the jaw, often referred to as TMJ disorder, can also cause some people to clench the jaw and grind their teeth at night. This can lead to facial pain, headaches, discomfort and clicking when biting or chewing, migraines as well as neck and shoulder pain and even back pain.
- If you recognise any of these symptoms or suffer with these on a daily basis, you will need to see a dentist to treat your problems or refer you to a specialist if necessary.
- In some cases, the treatment includes wearing a soft or hard acrylic appliance at night. This is made to measure and fitted onto your bite accurately, so that when you bite on it, your teeth are in a position where your muscles are relaxed. This also stops your teeth from becoming worn down by grinding and protects them.
- Depending on the origin and severity of your problem, you may need orthodontic treatment or maxillofacial surgery.
- Other solutions may include replacing missing teeth or adjusting any ill-fitting crowns or bridges that you may have.
The symptoms of TMJ disorder vary according to the individual. Symptoms may include headaches on waking in the mornings, facial pain, or neck ache, stiffness or clicking of the jaw. The important thing to do is see your dentist in Wapping, East London as soon as possible so your problem does not become worse over time and require more complex measures to correct. Contact us today if you have any worries about your symptoms: 020 7481 2999.