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Grinding Teeth

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Clenching and Grinding Teeth (Bruxism)

 

rootcanalBruxism is the dental term for the prolonged, unintentional grinding and clenching of the teeth. This usually occurs during the nighttime when the patient is sleeping. “Bruxers” are often unaware that they have developed this habit. Symptoms include abraded or chipped teeth (in extreme cases, waking up with tooth chips in the mouth); facial pain; oversensitive teeth; tense facial and jaw muscles; headaches; dislocation of the jaw; damage to the tooth enamel, exposing the inside of the tooth; a popping or clicking in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ); tongue indentations; damage to the inside of the cheek.

Clenching or grinding of teeth is the body’s way of telling you that it is not happy with the current position of the teeth and jaw (occlusion). It is the body’s involuntary desire to move the jaw to a more comfortable position. This back and forth movement literally grinds down the teeth as if somebody was filing down the tooth structure.

The damage that is caused to the natural tooth structure is irreversible. If the teeth are damaged too far, restorations will be needed to return the teeth to proper function and aesthetics.

An experienced Neuromuscular dentist can properly examine, test, diagnose and treat a patient who clenches and grinds their teeth returning the patient to a pain-free lifestyle.

Dr. Carol F. Morgan, DDS, can help the clenching and grinding of teeth associated with TMJ disorders whether you live in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, York County, Williamsburg, or any other surrounding city in Hampton Roads.

Teeth Sensitivity

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Teeth Sensitivity

 

TMJ_Sensitive_TeethSensitivity in teeth may take many forms. A patient may have sensitivity and pain resulting from eating or drinking hot or cold food and drink. Many indicate that they must chew on  the opposite side of their mouth because of pain while chewing. It is not uncommon for a patient to start complaining of pain or sensitivity in a tooth following a dental procedure such as a filling, crown or root canal. If a recent dental procedure affects the way the teeth fit together, it may cause pain in the teeth and other TMD symptoms.

There are many reasons why a Temporomandibular (TMJ) disorder patient may have pain or sensitivity in their teeth. Patients who clench or grind their teeth frequently have sensitivity in their teeth. Patients whose bite (occlusion) does not fit properly many times apply more chewing pressure to one side of the mouth than the other.

Unfortunately, when seeking relief from a problematic tooth, many patients are misdiagnosed and may even go as far as having the nerve from the tooth removed with root canal therapy or even having the tooth extracted. The worst part is that many times these measures may not relieve the pain, and can actually make it worse.

A Neuromuscular dentist is specially trained in diagnosing Temporomandibular disorders including tooth sensitivity and pain. Many times properly aligning the bite (occlusion) will relieve and reduce the strain on the jaw and teeth resolving the issue of sensitive teeth.

Dr. Carol F. Morgan, DDS, can help your pain and discomfort associated teeth sensitivity whether you live in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, York County, Williamsburg or any other surrounding city in Hampton Roads.

Sore Teeth

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Waking with Sore Teeth

 

Sore_Teeth_WakeWaking up in the morning with sore teeth is a classic sign of temporomandibular disorder (TMJ/TMD). When the teeth do not fit together properly (occlusion) your body will subconsciously want to put the bite in a position that it finds most comfortable. As a result of the incorrect bite, the jaw will slide from the comfortable position to the “bad bite” position. Many times the teeth will be together when this occurs causing the teeth to grind or clench. The dental term for grinding teeth is bruxism. Many patients subconsciously grind their teeth at night. This chronic clenching and grinding irritate the ligaments that hold the teeth in the jaw. The irritation many times causes pain and increased sensitivity to hot and cold liquids and foods.

It is not uncommon for a patient to think they have an infected tooth needing a root canal because the pain is so severe. A properly trained dentist in Neuromuscular Dentistry and occlusion (the bite) can identify the cause of the pain and discomfort and suggest the appropriate course of treatment.

Dr. Carol F. Morgan, DDS and her team can help your pain associated with TMJ disorders whether you live in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Hampton, Newport News, York County, Williamsburg or any other surrounding city in Hampton Roads.

 

 

Loose Teeth

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Loose Teeth

 

TMD_loose_TeethPeople who suffer from Temporomandibular disorder (TMJ / TMD) many times indicate that one or more of their teeth feel loose. This often occurs when they wake in the morning. This common symptom is a direct result of a patient clenching or grinding their teeth. The chronic clenching and grinding applies undue stress on the ligaments that hold the teeth into the jaw. Similar to the repeated bending of a paper clip that eventually breaks, applying repeated stresses to the teeth will loosen the grip that the ligaments have on the teeth.

This condition is will likely lead to periodontial disease. It is important that you find the correct skilled dentist to consult to address this problem. A Neuromuscular Dentist is trained in reducing the symptoms of TMJ / TMD and addressing the root cause of the problem. If you find that you have loose teeth, you may have the symptoms of Temporomandibular disorder. Dr. Morgan can help.

Dr. Carol F. Morgan, DDS, can help you if you have loose teeth associated with TMJ disorders whether you live in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, York County, Williamsburg or any other surrounding city in Hampton Roads.

 

Jaw Pain

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Jaw Pain

 

TMJ_Dentist_Face_MusclesWhen there is disharmony with how your teeth fit together (bad bite or malocclusion), classic Temporomandiblar disorder (TMD / TMJ) symptoms may follow. Patients often complain of clenching or grinding their teeth, or having to chew on one side of the mouth or the other. These symptoms may cause unequal stresses on the muscles that are used to move the jaw during normal activities of daily living. The muscles often fatigue and become sore or spasm and cause pain.

Many patients throughout Virginia complain of jaw pain or tiredness of their jaw muscles. They may see several dentists that may simple suggest a night guard because they usually grind their teeth. You may also try to be sold on a deprogrammer or discluder device. This type of treatment without the proper diagnostics tests and workup is like putting a bandage on a broken arm. One size does not fit all and every patient’s diagnosis and treatment plan are different.

A Neuromuscular Dentist can help alleviate jaw pain related to TMJ / TMD by realigning the bite. Once the jaw is back into its natural and most relaxed position the surrounding muscles can also resume their natural painless function.

Dr. Carol F. Morgan, DDS, can help your jaw pain associated with TMJ disorders whether you live in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, York County, Williamsburg or any other surrounding city in Hampton Roads.

 

Jaw Clicking & Popping

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Popping, Clicking and Snapping in the Jaw Joint

 

 

TMJ_PoppingMany patients throughout Virginia who suffer from TMJ or TMD experience popping, clicking or snapping in the jaw joint. It is one of the most common symptoms of TMJ and TMD. The popping and clicking sounds many times are surprisingly loud where it may be heard by others when you chew or speak. Not all patients complain of pain in their jaw when the clicking or popping sound is heard and therefore, do not believe that they have a temporomandibular disorder.

The popping and clicking sounds that you hear many times is the displacing of the discs in your jaw joints. The jaw joints are ball and socket type of joints very similar to the hip joints and shoulder joints. The disc, or cartilage, in the joint allows the ball to glide smoothly in and out of the socket. When there is dysfunction in the joint, commonly caused by the muscles of the joint pulling the jaw out of it’s intended path, you may hear popping and clicking. You may also experience pain. If the disc is severely misplaced, your jaw may be limited on how wide it can open or may be locked shut.

A Neuromuscular Dentist can properly test and evaluate you and realign your bite, which also realigns the displaced disc. Once the jaw is realigned and the disc is back in place the clicking and popping sounds in the jaw usually subsides as the muscles holding the disc in place relax, alleviating the jaw, face, head, neck, back, and shoulder pain that resulted.

Dr. Carol F. Morgan, DDS, can help you if you have popping and clicking in your jaw joints associated with TMJ disorders whether you live in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, York County, Williamsburg or any other surrounding city in Hampton Roads.