- My teeth are crooked; can this be the cause of my jaw pain?
Yes, it’s possible. Crooked teeth or malocclusion can cause misalignment in the jaw joint. This can lead to increased stress on your bite and eventually to bite misalignment. This can also result in permanent damage to the jaw or jaw joint. Straightening crooked teeth at any age may relieve many of the painful symptoms associated with TMJ.
- I wake up with headaches every morning, is this caused by TMJ?
If you wake up with headaches or jaw pain often you may be grinding your teeth in your sleep. This is known as bruxism (grinding) can add additional stress on the jaw and jaw joints. Bruxism can be a contributing factor to TMJ.
- How do you treat TMJ?
There are many ways to treat TMJ depending on the underlying cause of jaw pain. Some patients experience jaw pain due to an improper bite or tooth misalignment, others have TMJ as a result of bruxism. Treatment is specific to your case; we would need a comprehensive analysis of your TMJ to determine the functional cause of your discomfort.
For more information on TMJ treatment contact us today at (305) 936-5974 (Aventura) or (305) 538-4556 (Miami Beach).