Jaw & Tooth Pain
Be grateful for your teeth…
As with anything you use daily, over time there will be be significant wear and tear. The same principle applies to your teeth. Think about it.. You use them all day, day-in and day-out. Practically everything you do requires using your teeth.
Each day, your teeth help you to talk, breathe, kiss, eat, drink and swallow. You chew with them, bite with them, grind them, brush them, floss them and generally (subconconsciously) abuse them.
When you have a misaligned jaw and the resulting bad bite, the wear and tear on your teeth is significantly more rapid. The erosion on your teeth can lead to uneven tooth wear, loss of range of jaw motion, gum recession and many other symptoms – all connected to TMJ.
Clicking – pain – loss of range of motion… What’s going on?
- When you bite down, do you feel pain?
- Are you restricted in how wide you can open your mouth?
- When you chew or even flex your jaw – does it result in popping or clicking?
- Have friends or family member commented on how loud that pop/clicking is?
If you answered yes to even one of the above questions, something probably isn’t right.
A healthy and normal TMJ is quiet when it’s working. During eating, chewing, singing, swallowing, talking and even breathing – you should feel no discomfort or experience any odd symptoms. The muscles controlling your jaw should work in harmony, allowing you to open and close your mouth both silently and with a smooth motion.
If you notice constant clicking, popping and snapping when during everyday activities, something isn’t right. Clicking, popping and pain are indicators your jaw joint is unstable, that it’s not working properly.
What was that noise?
You have a disc of cartilage inside of your jaw joint to keep the jaw joints from rubbing against each. When the jaw muscles displace this disc, the joints rub together, causing a clicking and popping sound.Sometimes, it is loud enough to be heard by others.
When your jaw is misaligned and not properly supported, its range of motion can be limited. For example, uou are at a friend’s dinner party and suddenly your mouth won’t open wide enough to eat. When you yawn or talk, you feel as though your jaw needs to be supported.
Don’t ignore the sounds, though the noises may not bother you, they are a sign of bigger problems.
The War Between Your Muscles and Your Teeth
In this war, three things may occur:
- When the muscles win, rapid tooth wear results
- When the teeth win, muscle tension and stress along with headaches and other TMD problems may result
- And worst case scenario: you may experience a combination of both
Jaw misalignment and teeth wear can seriously impact the appearance of your face. A poorly aligned jaw creates deterioration of your teeth, causing them to look chipped and worn.
The result can be shortened teeth, causing:
- Changes in lip shape
- Wrinkles and creases forming and deepening on the sides of the mouth and nose
- The appearance of jowls on the sides of the jaw