Over the last decade, temporomandibular joints (TMJ) has become one of the most featured oral health issues in the medical field. TMJ, also known as ‘occlusion’, refers to a medical condition that is associated with an abnormal bite (overbite, underbite, crossbite or open bite) caused when the teeth in your upper jaw fit together with those in your lower jaw in a manner that results to a misalignment.
How to tell if you have a misaligned bite (symptoms)
Occlusion is identified by a variety of symptoms depending on the severity of the situation. Below are the most common associative symptoms:
Pain and stiffness when chewing
Patients suffering from misaligned teeth suffer from jaw pain and discomfort caused by stiffness of the muscles. The pain or stiffness may be coupled with a persistent clicking noise in your ear as you chew.
Difficulty in breathing
A patient with TMJ experiences unwarranted mouth breathing even when they have a clear nose.
The stiffness of the temporomandibular joints is known to cause an individual to have an uneven jaw to have problems with pronouncing particular words, thus causing speech impairment in the process.
Patients suffering from TMJ will frequently bite the inner side of their cheeks and tongue.
Alteration in facial appearance
Twisted, overcrowded, or crooked teeth are the most notable symptoms of an uneven bite as they have the ability to disfigure a smile or the midline of your face.
Patients with uneven teeth alignment constantly suffer from migraine headaches caused by the teeth and jaw muscles straining to work.
Uneven Wear or Tooth Sensitivity
Patients with an uneven bite will suffer from irregular tooth wear. Enamel wares away much more quickly on tooth spots that go through forced grinding.
Loose or Failing Dental Work
Tooth loss and cavities are common issues when dealing with improperly aligned tooth surfaces that clash against themselves.
How to test if your bite is misaligned
A ‘clench test’ offers the best way to test your bite. Firstly, a clench test has the ability to show if you have an uneven bite in the form of an overbite, underbite, crossbite or open bite through distinct discomfort on any part of the teeth. Secondly, a clench test has the ability to highlight tooth sensitivity as continued grinding wears out enamel, consequently reducing sensitivity.
Treating Teeth Misalignment
Realigning teeth treatment is based on a recommendation. Depending on the symptoms experienced by the patient and the history of the current problem, teeth alignment treatment may be conducted in three primary ways.
Muscle relaxation therapy. Stress management practices that involve muscle relaxation therapy can be used to naturally relaxing TMJ joints.
Braces and palate expanders. Braces can be used to force teeth back into alignment over time. This may be uncomfortable for some patients, especially older individuals.
Surgery. When the teeth misalignment condition is severe and has failed to respond to other forms of treatment, reconstructive surgery offers the best alternative option.
Why Choose Dr. Fisher
Dr. Fisher’s experience
The success of treatment is significantly dependent on the skill of the dentist. In 2001, Dr. Fisher graduated from Creighton University School of Dentistry after she went to the renowned Dawson Academy to specialize in occlusion and smile restoration. Currently, she has over a decade and a half of Dental experience under her belt. These skills and experience guarantee the best treatment for all the patients who seek Dr. Fisher’s Aid. She is considered one of the leading experts in design and reconstruction, particularly in full mouth reconstruction (Anti-aging) and Upper and lower veneers procedures. This has seen Dr. Fisher become an eight-time ‘Top dentist’ in Seattle by her peers.
Top Quality Dental Staff
Dr. Fisher has always worked under the principle that top quality personnel produces the finest and safest level of care. For the patients who are interested in the provision of exceptional dental care and organized, swift, and expert delivered treatment Dr. Fisher is your solution considering the quality of staff at the health facility.
High Tech Dental Equipment
Over the years of her practice, Dr. Fisher has managed to identify and contract the use of the best equipment in the dental, medical field. For instance, each dental care room in the facility is fitted with a state of the art camera system to magnify teeth up to 26 times. This camera system is best used to conduct teeth reconstruction surgery as it aids the dentists in making the best out of the procedure.
Additionally, the state-of-the-art dental kit not only aids Dr. Fisher to deliver the best treatment and protect patients against the numerous diseases associated with TMJ correction procedures. For instance, our equipment sprays water and air on the dental drill immediately after the dentist removes their foot from the pedal. This consequently excludes the dangers of cross-contamination.