Teeth do so much more…
than we know (and can cause facial pain)
Just like anything you use everyday, it’s going to experience significant wear and tear. Well, the same holds true for your teeth. Think about it? You use them all the time, day-in and day-out. Almost everything you do requires the use of your teeth.
Your teeth help you talk, breathe, kiss, eat, drink and swallow. You bite with them, chew with them, grind them, brush them, floss them and generally (unaware to you) abuse them. Whenyou have a lopsided jaw (causing a bad bite), the wear and tear on your teeth is considerably more rapid and severe. The erosion on your teeth can lead to uneven tooth wear, loss of range of motion in your jaw, gum recession and an assortment of other symptoms – all connected to TMJ.
You have a disc of cartilage inside of your jaw joint, that keeps the joint from rubbing together. When this particular disc is out of place, your joints end up rubbing together, causing the popping and clicking sound you hear. Sometimes, it is loud enough to be heard by other people.
When your jaw is not aligned and properly supported, it can be limited in its range of motion. You are eating and suddenly you can’t open your mouth wide enough. When you yawn or talk, you feel as though you need to help support your jaw. If you suffer from TMJ, the ability to open your mouth fully or widely can be limited and painful.
Facial pain isn’t something you need to suffer with. If you have had enough, give Dr. Stirneman’s office a call and see what options best suit you. Contact them today.
- When you bite down, do you experience pain?
- Does your mouth only open “so” far?
- When you chew, do you hear popping or clicking?
- Have you had friends or family comment on how loud your jaw popped?
If you answered yes, to even one of the above questions, you need to get to a dentist.
A healthy TMJ is quiet. When you eat, chew, sing, swallow, talk and brush your teeth, if you have a healthy TMJ, you wouldn’t feel anything, especially discomfort or pain. Those muscles should work in harmony, letting you open and close your mouth both smoothly and silently.
If you notice a constant clicking, popping or snapping when you engage in everyday activities, something isn’t right. Clicking, popping and pain are indicators that your jaw joint is unstable.