Occlusal bite problems and TMJ dysfunction is a common issue that a lot of patients suffer from.
The joints on either side of the head where the lower jaw and skull connect are known as the temporomandibular joint, or TMJ. It is the joint in our body that is utilized the most frequently, helping us to talk, chew, and open and close our mouths.
Occlusal bite problems and TMJ dysfunctions may occur from any issue that hinders the TMJ from functioning properly.
TMJ issues frequently have chronic symptoms that might impair a patient’s quality of life.
Teeth grinding, stress, arthritis, traumas, and displacement of the disc between the jawbone and the socket are potential causes of TMJ problems.
Very few people in the world have what dental professionals consider a perfect bite.
Your head, neck, and maybe even the majority of your body parts could be affected by anomalies in the teeth because they are a component of a system that also includes muscles and joints.
Difficulty in opening and closing your mouth causes pain in the cheeks and jaw earaches or ringing in the ears.
Frequent headaches, discomfort in the shoulders and neck could be caused by TMJ issues. Clicking sounds in the joint or jaw muscles when opening and closing the mouth changes in how your teeth fit together when you bite.
In order to ease pain and relax the muscles, we may advise stress management, bite plate or splint therapy, or short-term non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines, depending on the diagnosis.
If these don’t work, we could suggest that you see a TMJ specialist or an oral and maxillofacial surgeon for more treatment options.
A surgical approach can involve joint reconstruction, arthrocentesis, or arthroscopy.
For this reason, prosthodontists think that proper occlusion ( normal bite) is essential to optimal health.
Vilafortuny creates night guards for patients who clench and grind their teeth at night, or “night bruxers”.
The clinic also uses the Kois Deprogrammer approach, which effectively treats jaw pain, chewing and feeding issues, and dysfunctions of the bite.
A retainer-like tool called the Kois Deprogrammer enables dentists to assess the stability of your current bite.
By removing the impact of the patient’s teeth from their chewing system in Vilafortuny, dentists are able to determine the position of the patient’s natural bite. As a result, we create the best potential treatment plan for optimal results.
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