Written by Chicagohealers.com practitioner Raymond G. Hatland D.D.S. –
Approximately 80% of all people, have some kind of occlusal (bite) discrepancies. Because of these occlusal problems about 70% of these patients will have destructive, oral habits or compression disorders such as clenching, bruxing or grinding their teeth together.
These oral habits are the main reason patients get headaches and injure the jaw joints known as the temporal-mandibular joint. Oral compression habits are the second most common reason for having pain in the teeth or cold sensitivity.
If these oral habits, which may be unknown to the patient, are stopped or at least greatly reduced and weakened, the damage to their temporal mandibular joints will stop and many times a healing process begins. The patient can save their teeth and dental work from further chipping, fracture, or excessive wear. Also, many. periodontally weakened teeth caused by untreated gum disease can be saved and stabilized.
The great majority of patients have no idea they have a bite problem or clench or brux. Most patients and humans in general have discounted any signs or symptoms because of well-developed coping mechanisms and lack of awareness. Also there are differences in the degree of force and frequency that patients use with compressive habits that affect the awareness or severity of symptoms.
How do I know if I have a bite problem, and/or a compression disorder such as clenching or bruxing?
Signs and symptoms to look for:
1. Hyper sensitive teeth
2. Headaches more than once a week.
3. Enlarged jaw muscles
4. Keeping your teeth together for long periods during the day.
5. Waking up with pain or stiffness in your jaw.
6. Difficulty sleeping and waking up two or three times during the night.
7. Mild to moderate, wear facets on your teeth (this usually takes a dentists to see)
8. Clicking or popping sounds in your TMJ when you open or close.
9. Grating sounds, called crepitus, in your TMJ when you open or close
10. Chronic neck tension or low back pain
11. Unable to hold a Chiropractic adjustment or manipulation
12. History of trauma to the head or jaw from a car accident or fall
The next most common cause is trauma to the head, neck and jaw due to an accident or fall. Auto accidents are major causes of whiplash injuries to the jaw joint as well the head and neck. The resultant bleeding inside the temporal mandibular joint capsule can create adhesions to the articular disk that eventually prevent the coordinated movements of the mandibular condyle and the internal fibrous disc.
This creates clicking and popping sounds in the joint. . Early joint therapy and the use of a proper oral appliance, that is precisely modified to your ideal bite, can prevent this from happening and speed up the healing process.
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