If you are suffering from consistent headaches or migraines, sleep disorders, or even back pain, it could have something to do with your mouth. The temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, may be the problem. Dr. Geren and Dr. Mady have the training and technology to provide TMJ treatment and correct what is often called “bad bite”.
The way your teeth come together (your bite) is technically called occlusion, and when there is a problem with your bite, it is referred to as malocclusion. Teeth should evenly and simultaneously touch when chewing food. An irregular bite causes undue stress on the jaw joints and muscles. This can lead to pain and soreness in the jaw and is commonly called TMJ or TMD, Temporo Mandibular Joint Disorder.
The symptoms vary greatly for malocclusion, making diagnosis difficult. If you’ve noticed that your teeth look worn down or that they don’t meet evenly when you bite down, you could have problems with your bite. Malocclusion can occur even in a mouth full of straight teeth and cause seemingly unrelated problems such as sleep disorders, back pain and migraines. If possible, treat the malocclusion before the symptoms fully develop to preserve the integrity of the teeth and to avoid severe pain. As with most disorders, TMJ treatment is most effective when TMD is caught early.
Dentists who treat malocclusion undergo extensive training with renowned experts to understand and fix this complex problem. One way to diagnose malocclusion is with a Tek-scan computer system, which literally shows Dr. Geren and Dr. Mady what your teeth are doing when you bite. TMJ treatment includes correcting the bite to relieve the stress on the TMJ.
Mt. Vernon Virginia TMJ disorders (TMD) can be diagnosed by Mt. Vernon Center for Dentistry. To start your TMJ treatment and to find find out more about how Dr. Geren and Dr. Mady can fix your bad bite, contact our Alexandria office today.