It may not surprise you to hear that untreated oral health issues can have a negative effect on your bite function. When you change the way you bite to avoid a sensitive tooth, or when an issue like poor dental alignment affects the way you apply pressure when you bite, it can create ongoing problems that should be addressed. As time passes, a problem with your bite can lead to chronic jaw pain, and troubles with TMJ dysfunction that will need to be addressed if you want to manage your discomfort. Fortunately, your Prairie Village, KS dentist can determine the reason for your bite troubles, and provide the appropriate restorative dental care.
Issues With Your Oral Health Can Make Biting and Chewing Uncomfortable
If a problem is serious enough to make you take notice when you bite and chew, it should be brought to your dentist’s attention. While the pain can certainly be worrying enough on its own, you should also consider the possibility that your troubles will worsen over time if the matter is not managed. When it comes to something that might call for restorative dental care, you should be aware that waiting for treatment can lead to the problem becoming worse, meaning the steps needed to manage it become more involved.
Identifying And Treating Problems With Tooth Decay
If you are having pain that is concentrated in a specific tooth, your trouble may be related to tooth decay. A cavity will worsen over time if nothing is done to stop it. Once decay reaches your pulp, you can start feeling the decidedly unpleasant sensations connected to internal tooth infections. Our practice can provide a root canal treatment in order to stop the continued threat to your tooth. After treatment, you can have an easier time using the tooth to bite and chew after it has been restored with a dental crown.
Are You Having Problems With Pain Because Of TMJ Dysfunction?
You might find it hard to bite and chew because of issues with your jaw joints or muscles that have not been addressed. These issues can result from a dental injury, from a poor bite motion, from stress, or from habitual teeth grinding. When an issue is of concern, the problem is referred to as TMJ dysfunction, and it can call for your dentist’s help to manage. In many cases, an oral appliance can be created that helps to relax your jaw, and reduce the amount of pressure felt by the joints and muscles. Over time, this can correct your issues with pain.
Talk To Dr. Browne About Addressing Bite Problems
Rather than continue to feel pain whenever you bite and chew, talk to Dr. Browne about your symptoms of dental trouble! At our Prairie Village, KS dental practice, we are proud to offer advanced restorative work, in addition to helping patients maintain healthy teeth. To learn more about our services, or to schedule a visit with Dr. Browne, contact our office today at (913) 901-8585.