Richmond Dentist Explains How Malocclusion Contributes to TMJ Disorder

Aug 1st, 2012 | By | Category: Preventive Dentistry, TMJ Disorder

TMJ DisorderLast week, our Richmond, CA dentist discussed TMJ disorder, also called TMD. We explained how TMJ disorder can have connections to several total wellness symptoms, such as morning earaches and headaches, as well as other bodily pains and dizziness. This blog will discuss some of the dental health problems associated with TMJ disorder and how our Richmond dentist can help you prevent them with TMD treatment.

Relax Your Jaw

Consciously think about relaxing your jaw for a minute. Did you suddenly realize you were clenching your teeth or holding your jaw tightly? Many sufferers of TMJ disorder have no idea that they are suffering from a jaw issue. In fact, many patients with TMD are so used to their jaw’s responding in this way that they do not know they have a problem. Your jaw hinge joint works to hold your jawbone in a specific position relative to what your body feels is correct. The result is an exhausted jaw muscle.

What Causes TMJ Disorder

Why do your TMJs hold your jaw at exhausting angles? Malocclusion, or misaligned bite, keeps your upper and lower arch from coming together correctly. The muscles surrounding the TMJs attempt to move the jawbones so that your teeth fit together comfortably. This is why, in some cases, an effective treatment for TMJ disorder is orthodontics. Using orthodontics, our Richmond, CA dentist can align your teeth correctly so that your jaw muscles do not need to hold your teeth in an uncomfortable position because they are already perfectly aligned.

TMJ Disorder Treatment in Richmond, CA

Stay tuned to our next blog to learn about how teeth grinding plays a role in TMJ disorder and how to prevent it with treatment from your Richmond, CA dentist. If you would like to alleviate the pain from your TMJ disorder, call Dr. Stefan Moiceanu at (510) 758-7222 to schedule an appointment. Hilltop Family Dental happily treats patients from Richmond, San Pablo, El Sobrante, Vallejo, Pinole, El Cerrito, Hercules, Benicia, and the greater Contra Costa County area.

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