When was the last time your actually thought about chewing? Most of us don’t, and that’s because most of us don’t have a problem biting or chewing; our teeth are aligned the way they’re meant to be and our jaw causes us no problems. But when that’s not the case, when our “bite” is bad because our upper and lower teeth don’t rest together properly it can lead to serious problems, including pain when we eat. That’s when TMJ treatment in Orlando might be the answer. TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, the hinge that connects your jawbone to your skull. You have two of them, and when they develop problems, it can make it difficult to do very ordinary things with your mouth, like biting and chewing.
What Causes TMJ Disorders?
People develop TMJ disorders for a variety of reasons. Genetics, arthritis, or an injury are common causes. Some people who have jaw pain also tend to clench or grind their teeth in their sleep. Whatever the cause, if you have difficulty or pain while chewing, pain or tenderness of your jaw, or locking of the temporomandibular joint that won’t go away, you should immediately see a professional for potential TMJ treatment in Orlando. A misaligned bite can also cause TMJ disorders, and Dr. Sevor and his team can identify what the root cause of the problem is and address it quickly and gently. Remember, too, that a bad bite is often the result of crowded teeth, and teeth that are crowded are the perfect receptacles for trapped food particles that can lead to gum disease.
How TMJ Treatment in Orlando Can Help
If you suspect you might be suffering from a bad bite or a TMJ disorder, it’s important that you see a professional like Dr. Sevor right away, because the longer you wait, the greater the likelihood that more serious problems will arise. Our teams of experts can go over several treatment options including braces, bite splints, and tooth reshaping. In other instances, tooth replacement or reconstruction might be the answer, and replacing old or worn out fillings can also have a beneficial effect. No matter which treatment you choose, you can be sure it will be the most minimally-invasive and conservative approach possible to address your unique situation, and will be handled by knowledgeable experts who always put your comfort and needs first. We pride ourselves on gentle techniques and open and honest discussions about what’s best for you, and your smile. We’ll answer all your questions and take the time to explain things, so you’re ready to let us help you bite and chew painlessly again.
Bad bites and TMJ disorders are nothing to overlook. If left unchecked, they can lead to far more serious issues, including tooth loss. Don’t jeopardize your smile — talk to the professionals at Central Florida Periodontics & Implantology to find out more about how we can help!
We’re happy to answer any questions you might have about TMJ treatment in Orlando, so reach out to us today!