11 Sep

London Dentist Explains Several Problems that Exacerbate TMJ Dysfunction

Teeth problems have been associated with TMJ dysfunction. These problems can be treated in the London Dental Clinic. Loose and mobile teeth are usually due to resorption or damage of the surrounding oral bone by excessive lateral influences on the teeth. Tooth movement may cause the jaw to close down or bite in a misaligned position, thus changing the configuration of the mouth, teeth, temporomandibular joints, and jaw and facial muscles. Dental pulp inflammation can also occur if the forces are too great.
Outside causes put excessive stress on the TMJ. Some of the causes are: (1) Opening the mouth and jaw further than it normally should open, and habitual and recurring lateral and forward movements of the lower jaw; (2) alteration of the biting surfaces of the teeth due to excessive wear, neglecting oral hygiene (i.e., dental cavity formation), or tooth damage; (3) inadvertent speaking patterns; (4) too much gum chewing or chewing of finger nails; (5) too much lower jaw activities when exercising and/or teeth grinding; and (6) over-stretching of the mouth when eating. Also, several investigations have shown an association between TMJ disorder and people with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder.
Proper occlusion must be restored if the teeth are decayed or damaged. Some medications may relieve the primary pain; however these medications may not work in all cases. Several tricyclic antidepressants have been shown to work better than pain medication in some cases. Prior to using drugs or surgery to help alleviate the pain associated with TMJ dysfunction and correct the problem, you and your London dentist should try every other conservative approach to resolve the problem.