If you find yourself frequently taking aspirin for headaches, pains in your neck and shoulders, or facial discomfort, you may want to bring up the problem with your dentist. You might not realize it, but the source of your issues could be related to your bite function. Your Katy, TX dentist can use modern tools to study your bite, and look for issues with your dental function that might be placing excessive strain on your jaw joints. Modifying your bite can help with this. In some cases, more work could be involved. If you need to have restorative dental work done on teeth, or if you need assistance addressing problems associated with TMJ dysfunction, your dentist can help you.
Problems With Your Bite Can Cause Painful Issues
A problem with your bite function may seem like a relatively minor concern, but it can become a big problem, one that interferes with your quality of life. Over time, the awkward movements you make can lead to trouble because of how much stress is put on your jaw joints. You can develop pain that limits your ability to bite, chew, and speak. You can also feel the effects in your head, neck, shoulders, and face!
In order to determine what problems you might have with your bite, a study of your bite equilibration can take place. By mapping the application of pressure you make when you bite down, your dentist can identify problems with the motion that should be corrected. This examination can also point to oral health problems you will need to manage to make meaningful improvements.
Using An Oral Appliance To Correct TMJ Dysfunction
If your problems with your bite are causing you to experience TMJ dysfunction, a special oral appliance can be created to help take the pressure off of your jaw joints. Wearing this custom appliance at night will hold your jaw joints in a relaxed position, so that the amount of pressure they experience is lessened. As time passes, your pain can subside!
Addressing Dental Damage Caused By Bruxism
People who have troubles with their bite, and with dental discomfort, can also experience teeth grinding, or bruxism, particularly at night. To stop this problem, your dentist can provide you with a special appliance to keep your teeth safe. With that said, you could require additional support for damaged teeth. If this is the case, your dentist can offer custom dental crowns to protect any teeth that have experienced worrying harm.
Lathrop Dental Center Can Help Correct Oral Health Issues That Cause Headaches
Lathrop Dental Center is ready to help you manage your oral health problems, and deal with issues that cause you to experience headaches and other concerns. To find out more about our practice, and what we can do to help you, you can reach our office in Katy, TX, by calling 832-437-3849.