Shortened / Chipped Teeth Test

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Disclaimer: These preliminary ‘Self Tests’ may help you understand that though pain can be a significant indicator, it is not the only signal for TMJ dysfunction. A final diagnosis will be required by a professional like Dr. Eddie Siman. If you feel severe pain or you know you cannot do some of these exercises please do not attempt them.

Teeth wear not from eating or chewing but from grinding and clenching. Grinding is the body’s way of attempting to prevent an interference in the bite. If your teeth mesh together in a position where the jaw muscles or jaw joints are strained, a natural reaction is to grind them to a more comfortable position. This is rarely an ideal or stable position.

Your teeth wear down not from eating or chewing but from grinding and clenching. Grinding is the body’s way of attempting to prevent an interference in the bite. If your teeth mesh together in a position where the jaw muscles or jaw joints are strained, a natural reaction is to grind to a more comfortable position; which is rarely an ideal or stable position. So what occurs is the grinding back and forth from the strained position to the one where your jaw and muscles feel better. You get the idea – the cycle continues indefinitely and your teeth become more and more worn and chipped over time.
 

Test Your Tooth Grinding

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To test to see if you grind your teeth, look at the edges of your front teeth on the upper and lower dental arches. Do your front teeth show signs of wear?

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Move your lower jaw forward till the lower front teeth touch tip to tip with the upper front teeth. Do they make a perfect match? That is the wear pattern you created by grinding or clenching habits.

 

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