When your teeth are misaligned it causes the jaw muscles to apply extra pressure to compensate for the poor alignment of your teeth. This is what’s called a “bad bite.” This extra pressure increases stress on the surface of the teeth and leads to cracks, chips and jaw pain.
Jaw pain results from a muscle strain placed where the upper and lower jaw meet, called the temporomandibular joint. When pain occurs in this areas it is called TMJ disorder.
Sufferers of TMJ disorder will experience the following symptoms:
- Pain in multiple teeth or the jaw joint
- Limited jaw movement
- Cracked, chipped or broken dental restorations
- Headache—especially when opening and closing your jaw
- Ear pain—in front of or below the ear, with no other signs of ear infection
- Noises “in your head” — grinding, crunching, or popping sounds
If you have noticed any of these symptoms, contact Barmby and Frick Prosthodontics about treatment options to diminish your tooth, jaw, and headaches. For more information about TMJ and different treatment options call Doctors Barmby and Frick at 925-934-5526. Visit the website at www.barmbyfrickprosthodontics.com