Dr. Benjamin Polan helps fix your bite with TMJ orthotics in Beverly, MA
Treating TMJ with TMJ orthotics
Everybody’s jaw and teeth have slightly different ways they fit together, and when the natural order for your jaw and teeth are just a tad off your mouth doesn’t work quite the way it should. Eventually, your jaw muscles begin to do work they weren’t designed to do, which involves attempting to bring your jaw back to its correct arrangement.
How does this imbalance happen?
Teeth that have been chipped or ground down from night grinding and a jaw out of alignment are common causes for TMJ disorders. Sometimes, the issues caused by bedtime teeth grinders can be resolved with a simple mouthguard. If necessary, a dentist can custom fit one of these mouthguards for you. In addition to relieving your TMJ disorder, this mouth-guard can also release some of the pressure put on your teeth and cut down on teeth grinding damage.
A misaligned jaw can often be fixed with a dental orthotic, which is basically a brace or a TMJ splint. A TMJ orthotic is worn over your bottom back teeth. Nobody can see these braces and they serve to prevent your jaw from overworking and help return it to a healthier function.
Another potential solution is teeth replacement. By using crowns or veneers, these chipped or missing places can be repaired by your dentist. In fact, if all your teeth are damaged, a dentist can also do a full mouth restoration. Not only will your dental damage be fixed, but you will also have a more even and aesthetically pleasing smile.
Do any of these symptoms describe you?
As much as we might wish it wasn’t so, our aesthetics are more and more important in today’s day and age. Nobody wants to miss out on a date, or be turned down for a job for something like obvious dental shortcomings. Dr. Benjamin Polan is an experienced TMJ dentist in Beverly, MA who can help you achieve the smile you desire, whether it’s for aesthetic purposes or to get rid of that chronic TMJ pain.