Maloclussion and the Tempromandibular Joint (TMJ)
Do you suffer from unexplained pain in the ears, face, head, neck, shoulders or back? Do you sometimes have dizzy spells without knowing why? Believe it or not, these symptoms could all stem from problems in your jaw. If this is the case, we can help.
Diagnosing jaw problems
Your dentist can check for malocclusion by takingx-rays of your teeth and jaws. An impression may be taken of your teeth, so that your dentist can assess how well they fit together. Jaw repositioners can be used to temporarily adjust the way the teeth fit together, until the pain and maloclussion have been eliminated. This then helps your dentist to decide on the best treatment to permanently solve the problem.
Treating jaw problems
There are several ways of treating malocclusion and jaw problems, depending on how badly and in what way the teeth are misaligned. Orthodontic treatment or crowns may be required to help the teeth fit together more comfortably. Occlusal equilibriation involves reshaping the tops of teeth to help them fit together more comfortably and reduce pressure on individual teeth.
In some cases, occlusal restoration may be required. This involves replacing or reconstructing teeth, as well as reshaping the edges of teeth, to achieve a better fit.
Whatever treatment is required, you will find that afterwards the pain will be eliminated, as pressure on the joints and muscles of your jaw are reduced and your mouth can relax.