Several dental problems can be directly linked to the jaw and are called “jaw disorders”. After a thorough examination, Dr. Malouf’s team will propose personalized solutions to help alleviate your discomfort.
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a very complex joint located between the lower jaw and the temporal cavity (in front of the ear). A temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) can be the result of trauma or the jaw’s own morphology. Occlusion problems, the removal of wisdom teeth, stress or fatigue can lead to a TMD.
Signs of a TMD:
- Joint noises (cracking, grinding, rubbing, clicking)
- Difficulty opening the mouth
- Stiffness in the facial muscles when you chew
- Headaches and pain in the neck, nape or shoulders
Bruxism is an involuntary contraction of the jaw that occurs other than when swallowing or chewing. It is often related to anxiety or stress.
There are two types of bruxism: static, which consists of clenching your teeth, and dynamic, which is when you grind your teeth. Either type can occur during the day or at night, affecting both men and women.
Effects of teeth grinding:
- Premature wearing down of enamel
- Dentin hypersensitivity
- Broken fillings
- Temporomandibular disorder
Malocclusion occurs if the top and bottom teeth don’t meet up properly. This can be due to improperly positioned, overlapping or missing teeth. The condition often leads to chewing problems, muscle tension and an increased risk of developing cavities or gum disease.
Jaw disorders are very complex and require professional advise. Do not hesitate to contact us should you have any pain or doubts.
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