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 'bad bite', which can cause problems with your teeth, gums, the temporo-mandibular joint (TMJ) and the muscles in your face.
This misalignment, 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 to refer you to a specialist if necessary.
Impressions of your teeth are taken to create a customised plastic appliance that fits over your teeth and is worn at night.
When the device is worn, your teeth are in a position where your facial muscles are relaxed, preventing grinding and taking the pressure off your TMJ.
The device also protects the teeth, preventing them from becoming worn down by grinding.
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 bridgework that you may have. The most important thing to do is to see your dentist as soon as possible so that your problem does not become worse over time and require more drastic measures to correct.
If you suffer with jaw pain and headaches, it could be due to a problem with your teeth. Here at S10 Dental, we treat many patients for jaw pain and headaches in Sheffield and can help you too. We will inspect your dental occlusion, which is a name for the way your teeth meet together when you bite down. Often, resolving problems with occlusion can relive jaw pain and headaches for Sheffield patients.
If your teeth don’t come together properly when you bite down, you could end up with pain in your jaw, in the temporo-mandibular joint, in your gums and even in your head and neck. The kinds of issues which cause these problems include:
Lifestyle factors can also increase the risk of developing jaw pain and headaches, such as smoking, alcohol, recreational drug use, emotional stress and tiredness.
We offer a range of treatments which can help alleviate your pain and discomfort. Your dentist will recommend a suitable treatment for your needs, which may include:
Up to one in four people experience pain and discomfort due to a problem with their teeth, so you are not alone with this issue. Talk to our team today about your jaw pain and headaches and let us see if we can help you live more comfortably.
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