If you live with chronic pain in your face, jaw, or head, it might be time to have your bite function examined. People are sometimes surprised to discover that their bite function is flawed – what does it mean to bite and chew “improperly”? People who have poor dental alignment, those who tend to grind their teeth at night, and those with painful or sensitive teeth may have developed uneven motions when biting and chewing. As a result, they can place continued stress on their jaw joints and muscles, which can lead to recurring pain that hurts their quality of life. At our Prairie Village, KS dental practice, we can help you if you are experiencing TMJ disorder, and provide lasting relief.
Living With TMJ Disorder Means Living With Persistent Discomfort
TMJ disorder is a problem that affects people for many reasons. This term can be applied if you have difficulties with pain, sensitivity, or limited dental function that can be linked to jaw issues. If you ignore the matter, and do not seek treatment, you can find that biting and chewing become painful, that headaches often affect you, and that neck and shoulder pain are common. You can relieve pressure on your jaw by making positive changes to your bite, as better function can reduce chronic stress.
A Custom Oral Appliance Can Help Correct Your Bite Troubles
In order to help people who struggle with TMJ disorder, our dental practice provides custom appliances that can be worn to gently realign your jaw position. The appliance is put in place while you sleep. Over time, it encourages stress relief, and encourages better dental function. A custom appliance can also be good for stopping persistent teeth grinding, which can lead to jaw problems as well as dental damage. If you have a tendency to grind your teeth, make sure it is brought to your dentist’s attention, as you can eventually experience damage to your enamel that requires restorative dental treatment.
Regular Checkups Give Your Dentist Opportunities To Check For Signs Of TMJ Disorder
At every routine dental appointment, your dentist can check on your bite, and evaluate you for signs that TMJ disorder might be affecting your life. These visits are also important because they can lead to the discovery that gum disease, tooth decay, and other issues are affecting you!
Talk To Dr. Browne About Your Issues With Your Bite
If you are struggling with TMJ disorder, a special appliance can help restore your bite, and reduce painful stress. Dr. Browne has helped many people in and around the Prairie Village, KS area take care of this matter, and improve their quality of life. If you with to learn more or to schedule a visit with Dr. Browne, contact our office today at (913) 901-8585.