The jaw is pieced together intricately with two joints and a lot of muscles to ensure that humans can open and close the mouth. These joints and muscles must all work together to enable you to talk, chew, and even swallow. When these joints and muscles do not function properly, they lead to Temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders, which are commonly referred to as TMJ. Keep reading to learn more about these disorders and potential treatments:
TMD, or temporomandibular disfunction, is a condition that happens when the joint is not working properly. This group of diseases can be found in the jaw joints, the muscles, and the dental occlusion. TMD occurs when there is any kind of imbalance in the joints or muscles that control the jaw. If you have TMD, you might notice muscle fatigues, joint dysfunction, or shifts in the teeth placement.
Occlusal Bite Disease
Once you have TMD, you have a higher risk of getting occlusal bite disease. This disorder can also develop in people who do not already have TMD. Occlusal bite disease could cause wear, sensitivity, and cracks in the teeth. It might also lead to breaks in the teeth, soreness in the muscles, or headaches.
Dentists often use splint therapy for patients who have occlusal bite disease and TMD. The patient is fitted with an acrylic appliance that slips over the bottom teeth to compensate for imperfections in the joint. Many patients experience immediate relief from their symptoms as soon as they are fitted with this splint.
If you think you might be suffering from TMD or occlusal bite disease, John Carson, DDS can help. Come in today to for your personalized evaluation For more information on our services, visit us online or call (520) 514-7203.