Identifying Function Issues
You might not even realize that your teeth don’t function properly until your dentist brings it up with you. Functional problems are related to malocclusions or bad bites. Your jaw can have an imbalance, your teeth might be crooked, or maybe your jaw didn’t fully develop. Each of these factors can contribute to a bad bite and functional issues. One way to identify whether or not you suffer from bite problems is by paying attention to your symptoms. Some of the most common symptoms include the following.
- Worn-down teeth
- Jaw pain
- Jaw stiffness
- Click or popping noises when opening or closing the jaw
- Teeth grinding or clenching
- Teeth don’t fit together when biting together
- Frequent headaches
- Broken teeth, crowns, or fillings
- Loose teeth
- Tooth sensitivity
- Ear congestion
- Tingling in fingertips
- Tongue thrusts
- Forward head posture
- Facial pain
- Limited opening of the mouth
If you experience any of the symptoms listed above, Dr. White will examine you for temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). During his examination, he will utilize advanced dental technology including the BioPak diagnostic suite as well as the T-Scan. The technology measures different aspects of your jaw health including bite force, imbalances, jaw motion, muscle activity, and jaw sounds. After your examination, Dr. White will know exactly what’s causing your jaw dysfunction and how to treat it.
Customized Dental Treatments For Dysfunctional Teeth in Nashville
The first step of your TMD treatment is usually wearing a custom orthotic appliance to correct your teeth and jaw posture. This will allow your jaw muscles to relax and reduce the pressure off your nerves, jaw joints, and surrounding structure. This will immediately start reducing your symptoms.
After wearing the orthotic for some time, Dr. White will recommend restorative dentistry treatments as part of a smile makeover to achieve a permanent healthy bite. The restorations such as porcelain veneers and dental crowns will restore your teeth structure to stabilize your bite indefinitely. As a bonus, the restorations will also help enhance your smile. Porcelain veneers and dental crowns can change the shape, size, and color of your teeth. They’re perfect for hiding imperfections like stains, cracks, chips, and wear.
Once Dr. White is done with your treatment, you will have a better functioning jaw, no jaw pain, and a gorgeous smile! Who knew addressing the function of your teeth could lead to a better-looking smile?
If you think you could benefit from TMJ treatment, please contact Center For Advanced Dentistry in Nashville to book an appointment at lct_phone].